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About Threads
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Threads records indications of conversations and events important to Explorers Foundation, because somehow pertinent to the emergence of freeorder. If something in one of these interests you (beyond following the links provided), please contact us. Everything here has something to do with something our own visible region of freeorder network(s) is actually involved in.
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Many of the things found in Threads will be found, in greater detail, collected in Vortices.
 
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Vortices: Threads contain references to vortices, pages that record resources, discussions, and investments, relevant to Explorers Foundation areas of focus and investment.
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A list of current Explorers Foundation Vortices •••
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References to vortices: “v” + the name, e.g. vGuardian
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Vortices, are born, die, evolve, merge, split, flow, and evolve.
 
Explorers & freeorder — what’s good for explorers within each of us and among us. Explorers — everyone with strong imagination, curiosity, wonder, initiative, compassion; lovers of personally given or found aspects of the world, who endeavor to do something about and for what they love — with persistence, imagination, and integrity.
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose —with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” ~ James Stockdale [found on Patrick Byrne’s Deep Capture]
 
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freeorder : the vision and concept guiding Explorers Foundation and other ∮forge*
 
freeorder welds together free & order to ensure that never again will the two concepts be thought to be in opposition to one another.
freeorder expresses the idea that orders arising from freedom work best for all of us who wish to use our full powers of imagination, reason, and action in pursuit of happiness and in service to people and things we love.
More extensive description of freeorder •••
* ∮forge is an abbreviation of “integrating freeorder generator,” an institutional form essential to the full emergence of freeorder, in various ways, among all of the world’s cultures, resulting in a “concert of civilizations,” a phrase used by James C. Bennett ••• author of The Anglosphere Challenge.
 
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Definitions of freeorder:
• What’s good for explorers, within each of us and among us.
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The word quest indicates an aesthetics guided pattern of explorations. The romantic implications of the word are fundamental. The emergence of freeorder, within each of us and among us depends on fierce balances of romantic idealism and ruthless rationality.
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A third definition: freeorder names something needed by free people, within each of them and among them. This definition poses a question, the answers to which point to exits leading out of our current distress.
• A balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.
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The conjecture implied by the second definition is that Hayek’s insights into kinds of order are useful in thought and productive in action and will remain so as the world of freeorder evolves.
 
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How Explorers Foundation can be simultaneously liberal and conservative.
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We are liberal (in the original and future meaning) in that we are for the freedom of every individual to imagine, think, act, and collaborate; and we are conservative to the extent that what we seek to conserve is exactly that same freedom. Such conservation of liberty requires saying “no” to some visible good things, and thereby protecting essential but invisible good things.
 
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Freeorder Bridge 0.95 ••• version 0.95
Freeorder Bridge: from here to there ••• version 0.95 — a five page article (pdf) about how we will cross a seemingly impossibly wide strait. The metaphor of a suspension bridge is used to begin discussion of a centuries old chain of insights and actions that have enabled and will continue to enable the emergence of freeorder.
 
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Weavers of freeorder
Weavers of freeorder are pattern finders, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs, connection makers who work for all who discover that their home is Open Network.
Open Network names a freeorder comprised of and arising from all aspects of the world in which an explorer of sovereign spirit may rejoice. It is old. No one invented it.
freeorder is a balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.
Quest is an aesthetics governed pattern of explorations in course of which resonance grows.
Resonance is the expectation of magical flow, an emergent awareness arising from a fusing, in present action, of curiosity, intensity, sensitivity, integrity, and wonder.
These capabilities of human beings are the reason why Open Network came into being, why it continues to exist, and why it is inextinguishable.
 
 
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Hayek, on order, and how freeorder connects his “kinds of order” with quest
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🔹 The word order is fundamental:
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F. A. Hayek, in Volume I, Chapter Two, "Cosmos and Taxis", of Law, Legislation and Liberty (University of Chicago, 1973), suggests this definition of the word "order":
"By 'order' we shall throughout describe a state of affairs in which a multiplicity of elements of various kinds are so related to each other that we may learn from our acquaintance with some spatial or temporal part of the whole to form correct expectations concerning the rest, or at least expectations which have a good chance of proving correct."
"Taxis", as in "taxidermy" the deliberate ordering of the skin of animals. Cosmos = Greek for "natural order"; Taxis = Greek for "designed order."
This is a brilliant chapter and the origin of my work on freeorder.
Hayek's brilliance manifested itself in seeing that there is a third kind of order, sort of between "natural" and "designed". Those orders are "the results of human action but not of human design" and so have been called both "natural" and "designed" leading to endless confusion and discussions that are never resolved.
In such discussions the word freeorder is helpful.
This way of thinking about order becomes especially interesting when linked to the idea of optimizing quest, "an aesthetics governed pattern of explorations". Hayek did not do that, but it could be said to be implied in his work. I have made it explicit.
The word "governed" here means "highly influenced by," not "determined in entirety."
 
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This diagram from Legatum Institute ••• illustrates Explorers Foundation’s relationship with the other parts of the double star system to which we belong. Each such double star casts new light on its orbiting planets. With multiple well capitalized ∮forge the evolution of freeorder may accelerate fast enough to outrun disasters. “There is not a moment to be lost.” —Jack Aubrey •••
 
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September 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of Social Protest ••• edited by Upton Sinclair, introduction by Jack London, new introduction by Chris Hedges.
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Any movement to restore and strengthen liberty will fail without deep comprehension of the sentiments found in Sinclair's collection. I regard this book as essential reading for anyone interested in contributing to the emergence of Freeorder. -ls
 
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Censorship fails again: Nothing stops the truth —from Alex Berenson ••• 14 Sep 2021
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Email sent to a subscriber to Berenson’s Substack ••• Berenson is a former NY Times writer who is finding success on the emerging edge of Freeorder, where seekers of truth are still valued.
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“Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
Last night I sent out that Substack about Elizabeth Warren’s letter trying to get Amazon to suppress the Unreported Truths booklets.
Nothing else. No TV or radio hits. No news articles.
This morning the booklet is #2 on Amazon. Not the #2 science book, or even #2 nonfiction. The second-best selling book, period.
Folks are angry out there. Angry at the lies and the power grab. Angry at being forced to take a vaccine that they know they don’t need and may even hurt them. Whole football stadiums are cursing Joe Biden. The protests are growing.
Sometimes people email me and tell me that I’m the tip of the spear. I’m starting to like that analogy. Because the tip is nothing without the spear behind it.
But it’s not exactly right.
I’m not the tip. The truth is the tip.
You are the spear.
Thank you.”
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Credentials: On August 28, 2021, Berenson was permanently banned from Twitter. -ls
 
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“A sheep spends its whole life worried about being eaten by the wolf. Only in the end to be eaten by the shepherd.” Apt commentary on our current situation, as we await mandates directed at us by self-annointed, but unfathomably wise, fleecing shepherds. ~thanks to Bob Haywood
 
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Dale Amon, CEO of Immortal Data ••• [mission]
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“Space is hot, and it is not going to be a fad. It is not just tourism and satellites, although those have been mainstays. What is about to burst upon the scene is space as a place for basic industries, mining, manufacturing and energy. It is the next great sphere of human activities just as the Oceans of the world were centuries ago.” —interview ~thanks to Jim Bennett
 
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Glenn Greenwald ••• [Intercept] “Strengthening Substack ••• Journalism With Video at Rumble ••• the Free Speech, Anti-YouTube Platform — Along with a group of heterodox writers, this move is designed to expand the reach of our journalism, support free speech platforms, and enable more reader interaction.” ••• vSheridan
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Greenwald’s Substack pages ••• Greenwald’s Rumble pages •••
 
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FLCCC: The Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance
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The FLCCC Alliance was organized in March 2020 by a group of highly published, world renowned Critical Care physician/scholars – with the academic support of allied physicians from around the world – to research and develop lifesaving protocols for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 in all stages of illness. Their MATH+ Hospital Treatment Protocol, introduced in March 2020, has saved thousands of patients who were critically ill with COVID-19. Now, the FLCCC’s new I-Mask+ Prophylaxis and Early At-Home Outpatient Treatment Protocol with Ivermectin has been released – and is a potential solution to the global pandemic. vMethuselah
 
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Because honest elections offer citizens an alternative to violent changes in government an election integrity group we are glad to see that True the Vote ••• has been collecting and organizing data on the 2020 election. The project is described here ••• and is reported in this Breitbart story ••• 24 Aug 2021 vGuardian
 
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Free Black Thought ••• vSocrates
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'There are black conservatives and liberals, socialists and free-marketeers, traditionalists and radicals, theists and atheists, everything in between, and more besides. FREE BLACK THOUGHT seeks to represent the rich diversity of black thought beyond the relatively narrow spectrum of views promoted by mainstream outlets as defining "the black perspective."'
 
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“Christopher Alexander’s Battle for Beauty in a World Turning Ugly: The Inception of a Science of Architecture?” ••• by Per Galle in She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, Volume 6, Issue 3, Autumn 2020, made available by ScienceDirect. ~thanks to Phil Trice vBeethoven
 
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August 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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“The Restorative Power of the American People” ••• Selena Zito, Washington Examiner, 29 Aug 2021
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Social epigenetics: expression of good DNA follows good nutrition. Time for real food.
 
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Colorado Beaver Summit ••• 21-22 Oct 2021 on Zoom
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A two-day conference featuring scientists, experts and policy makers intended to advance the actions needed to implement nature-based conservation and restoration projects that defend our vital water resources against drought and climate change. ~thanks to Jerry Mallett •••
 
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“Lysenkoism: The Danger of Politicized Science” ••• William F. Jasper
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How Stalin and a fraudulent scientist killed a real scientist, Nikolai Vavilov, buried the truth he represented, and caused the starvation of millions.
 
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Chaesdegongo (1951-1921): “The Enigma Brothers Disguised As American Tourists”
LinkBack Item from OmniGraffle
 
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“The Last Vaccine Resister in Australia” ••• Jon Rappoport, 26 August 2021
 
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Tanzania’s 1000 Shilling Legal Tender Gold Note 🔑🔑🔑
 
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Virus Treatment: Peru's experience with ivermectin ••• ~thanks to Joshua Zader •••
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A new meta-analysis of ivermectin was published recently in preprint. The lead author is Alessandro D. Santin, MD, at the Yale School of Medicine. Thomas Borody and Peter McCullough also contributed to the paper.
Among other topics, the analysis reviews a study documenting Peru's experience with ivermectin. Peru saw 14-fold reductions in excess deaths when IVM was implemented widely (in an army-led effort)—and then a 13-fold increase when IVM was later restricted (by a new president).
 
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Ivermectin works against Covid-19
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“Moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. Using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease. The apparent safety and low cost suggest that ivermectin is likely to have a significant impact on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic globally.” ••• —American Journal of Therapeutics, July/August 2021
 
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London School of Economics (LSE) “joins ••• [press release, 19 Jun 21] the Governing Council of Hedera Hashgraph to advance the university’s growing research and commercial outreach in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs).”
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Explorers Foundation would like to thank (retroactively) members of the Fabian Society, including Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Graham Wallas, and George Bernard Shaw, for founding the LSE in 1895, thereby providing an academic home for F. A. Hayek in the 1930s, and today for Hedera Hashgraph (HH) exploratory ventures. The work of Hayek is fundamental to freeorder, and that of HH is contributing substantially in the area of freeorder governance structures.
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Hedera Hashgraph ••• An overview of HH’s Governing Council •••
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Disclosure: at least one of the participants in Explorers Foundation holds some HBAR, HH’s crypto token or coin.
 
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Ending the “pandemic” ••• “According to [Dr. Paul] Marik, a mass distribution program of ivermectin together with melatonin, vitamin D and aspirin could end the COVID-19 pandemic in one month.” - few hospitalizations - very few deaths
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Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance •••
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America’s Front Line Doctors •••
 
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Two ways to think about “Anglosphere” - an interview ••• with Madhav Nalapat
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‘The earlier concept was based on the “Blood of the Body”, or in other words, ethnicity.  My argument was that the Anglosphere needed to be defined by the “Blood of the Mind”.  By a congruence of views on values such as individual rights and freedoms, including the freedom to choose your own diet, dress and lifestyle.’ ~thanks to Jim Bennett
 
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Freeorder permits strongly self-regarding people to place high value on the well being of others who may be remote from their immediate affairs, and to do so without fear of contributing to all consuming collectivist engulfment.
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Re: collectivist engulfment, and solution thereof — an illustrated discourse on submission to tyranny and recovery: https://rumble.com/vktiw2-after-skool-presents-how-an-entire-population-becomes-.html — long, with some unpleasant images, but good, with a happy outcome which might be produced by all of us with a lot of vision, work, and persistence.
 
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ORBIS ••• The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World —Published by Stanford University Libraries ~thanks to Jim Bennett
 
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CaringBridge ••• “Our Vision & Mission: From the launch of the very first CaringBridge site, we’ve been working toward a single vision: a world where no one goes through a health journey alone. In order to turn this vision into reality, we’ve made it our mission to build bridges of care and communication providing love and support on a health journey.” ~thanks to M.L. Hanson ••• who is building a CaringBridge in Denver, Colorado
 
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Hayek’s: “extended order” - an expression of freeorder
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Hayek’s “extended order” invites entrepreneurial service to an expanding market of extended selves. This is not abandonment of individualism; it is deeper expression of that ideal. Freeorder arises from an expression of individualism so strong in commitment to freedom that fear declines and considerations of provision for others grows creative and vast.
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Freeorder permits strongly self-regarding people to place high value on the well being of others who may be remote from their immediate affairs, and to do so without fear of contributing to all consuming collectivist engulfment.
 
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The revised seventh English edition, produced in 2020 by Bohmeier Verlag, Germany, of G. Spencer-Brown’s Laws of Form contains “the first-ever proof of Riemann’s hypothesis”.
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From “Closing Remarks”: “I am additionally indebted to James Flagg, who informed me that I had in effect proved Riemann’s hypothesis in Appendix 7, and supplied me with the necessary works in analytic number theory to make the fact apparent.”
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http://www.magick-pur.de/cms/index.php?isbn=978-3-89094-580-4 (includes fascinating recollections of “collaboration” with Bertrand Russell)
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From “Threads” for August 2016
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G. Spencer Brown . foundations of thought . limits, knowledge, ignorance . the laws of form
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glyph 0: Aristotle, philosophy mathematics foundations, George Boole . Boolean symbolic logic . electronics, electrical engineering ... wisdom ignorance fool quest exploration, G. Spencer Brown, laws form, Bertrand Russell ... 0 & 1 ... epistemology, standing on nothing to reach something ...
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“To arrive at the simplest truth, as Newton knew and practiced, requires years of contemplation. Not activity. Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behaviour of any kind. Not reading. Not talking. Not making an effort. Not thinking. Simply bearing in mind what it is one needs to know.” —GSB, in Laws of Form
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http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/0.html — the full text (a page) is here
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On GSB’s Laws of Form: “In this book, G. Spencer Brown has succeeded in doing what, in mathematics, is very rare indeed, he has revealed a new calculus, of great power and simplicity ..." —Bertrand Russell, author, with Alfred North Whitehead, of Principia Mathematica
 
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Jim Bennett: “Excellent interview on India and the Anglosphere.  Madhav Nalapat “is almost the only person who uses the term in the original, intended meaning.”
 
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South Africa: “South Africa is on the brink of economic implosion because of poor performing State Owned Entities (SOEs), unreliable electricity supply, high levels of corruption and an overly regulated economy. Within this context a BIG [basic income grant] is unviable particularly because of the shrinking tax base and more budget spending cuts – to divert those funds towards the BIG – would be devastating to vulnerable communities. The push for a BIG can only be characterised as the support for a government failure grant to plaster over the failures of the ANC's 27 years in power.” ••• —Free Market Foundation (Southern Africa) •••
 
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Highly improbable and possibly of great importance, FrankSpeech.com — a few of us, committed to the emergence of Freeorder, are watching.
 
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We Will Not Comply: A Campaign Against Medical Tyranny ••• [straightlinelogic.com], by Brandon Smith
 
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Healing: A letter to a friend about Dr. Robert Jay Rowen •••
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No idea what ails your boss, and not asking. However, it might be good if he knew about the power of oxidative therapies, and in particular this doctor, Robert Jay Rowen, who reversed a competently declared “terminal” bone eating disease in less than a month, curing a friend, who had been given two years to live. Rowen was trained at Johns Hopkins, and later became a leader in integrative medicine. I have the highest respect for him, in every way. -ls
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Rowen, on Ozone & Ultraviolet
Ozone Therapies: What you Need to Know
Many have asked for a concise summary of the beneficial physiological effects of ozone therapy, especially considering the medical mission I undertook with Dr. Howard Robins of Manhattan to Sierra Leone to cure Ebola. This article explains why I instigated that mission and commandeered Dr. Robins to come with me.
 
Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy (Photo-Oxidation): The Cure That Time Forgot
This simple, inexpensive, and nonspecific technique was clearly shown years ago to be a totally safe and extremely effective method of treating and curing infections; promoting oxygenation; vasodilation; improving asthma; enhancing body physiology, circulation, and treating a variety of specific diseases. Its use in hospitals and offices could significantly reduce mortality, morbidity, and human suffering. Much more research needs to be done in determining all of the potential uses of ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy and also its correlation with other oxidative therapies.
 
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Jerry’s Story: You Can Reverse Crippling Arthritis —Rowen’s “Second Opinion”, 2004
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and have been told, “There’s nothing we can do,” I have a wonderful story that should give you hope.
Jerry Anderson, a 65-year-old Second Opinion reader from Texas was told by his board-certified rheumatologist that he would become completely immobile and likely be dead within two years.
Jerry had developed a galloping case of inflammatory arthritis. He was given high levels of Big Pharma chemicals to suppress symptoms and had not responded. When he arrived at my office, he was an invalid in a wheelchair, unable to muster the strength to move it, or even set its brakes. His hands were swollen to twice their normal size and all of his limbs were virtually immobile. He was in agony. An unrelated condition had caused a partial paralysis in his right leg.
Jerry consulted with me by telephone only two weeks before coming. I suspected several conditions I’ve repeatedly written about in these pages. Specifically, hypercoagulation (a folic acid metabolic defect), likely infection in his joints, heavy metals, infection in his teeth or jawbones (root canals), and insufficient adrenal hormones. He decided to pay me a visit and flew out immediately with the assistance of a dear friend.
Amazingly, we quickly confirmed all of these suspicions.
Jerry received low-dose antibiotics (minocycline), hyperbaric oxygen, and oxidation treatments for infection. I placed him on the low-dose adrenal hormones of Liefmann (available from Women’s International Pharmacy). Chelation therapy, both IV and oral, was used for heavy metals. Low-dose heparin was given for the hypercoagulation. Folapro was provided for the folic acid metabolic defect, and other nutritional supplements for naturally easing inflammation.
Within one week, the pain and swelling in his hands was sharply reduced and his energy level was dramatically higher. By the end of his third week with us, I was shocked by what I saw. He was able to self-maneuver his wheelchair to his van, stand, load it up himself, and drive away. By his fourth week with us, after dental work to clean out extensive root canal and jaw infections, this previously crippled man climbed two flights of stairs (even with his partially paralyzed leg) and was walking around the office with a walker. The staff exclaimed joyously, “A miracle in action!”
Folks, you want to know the reason for our coming health care bankruptcy? It’s because Big Pharma products do nothing to treat the cause of disease and only create new problems with their toxic “side effects.” Jerry is a miracle in progress and wants you to know his story. He can’t wait to shock his rheumatologist by walking into his office.
Millions of Americans are needlessly suffering from painful and crippling inflammatory and so-called “autoimmune” conditions. Drugs can be part of the solution, but only if directed at the cause.
 
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Big Tech, Federal Government, First Amendment to U.S. Constitution
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“Most people simply assume that Big Tech is independent of and has an adversarial relationship with the government. This case proves that Big Tech is an agent of the government and is in no position to defy or resist government influence in any way. … This case, in contrast, does credibly allege that Twitter, the government’s Trusted Partner, is not an independent, defiant bastion of free speech, and that Twitter is merely an agent of the government that provides the government an end run around the First Amendment. It is impossible to tell where Twitter ends and where the government begins.” —“Concise Statement of Claim …” —Case 1:20-cv-11889-MLW Document 78 Filed 04/06/21 Page 1 of 108 ••• [United States District Court District of Massachusetts]
 
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July 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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DeFi Community Protecting the Planet, from Dovu •••
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A “community of crypto users and carbon farmers”
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“Crypto is changing the world in a range of radical ways. But it also creates carbon that ultimately finds its way into the atmosphere. Is there a fix to this problem? At DOVU, we believe there is. It starts by creating a community of crypto users and carbon farmers. Inspired and incentivised. Working together to harness one of nature’s greatest carbon-capture assets: soil. The farmers who partner with us can use their expertise to put more carbon in the ground. Crypto users can help make it happen. The planet benefits. So too humanity.” —https://dovu.earth/en/
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Dovu’s blockchain solution is built on technology provided by Hedera Hashgraph and Filecoin’s IPFS (Interplanetary File System
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Toward a carbon recirculation & nonpolluting nitrogen enriching agriculture ••• [~YouTube: short skippable ad first]
 
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Distributed Ledger + IPFS Technology
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The Hedera ••• public network is a fast, low-cost, and eco-friendly distributed ledger technology (DLT), designed for high-volume usages such as supply chain, verifiable proofs for data, payments, advertising, tokenization of assets, and more. The Hedera network is incredibly efficient and lightweight, but it’s not ideal for storing large files or object data due to cost constraints.
Filecoin ••• is a decentralized peer-to-peer storage network using IPFS technology, allowing anyone to store and validate data within its network. Currently, hundreds of storage providers worldwide participate in the Filecoin network, offering a combined 8 exabytes of storage capacity.
 
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In 1968-69, Whole Earth Catalog ••• [archive.org] bought 500 copies of the first 1000 printing of G. Spencer-Brown’s Laws of Form. [source: 4th edn. Laws of Form]
G. Spencer-Brown’s Laws of Form, was extended by Francisco Varela in his Calculus of Self-Reference. Varela FJ. 1975. “A calculus for self-reference”. International Journal of General Systems 2(1): 5–24
 
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“Snakes all the Way Down: Varela’s Calculus for Self-Reference and the Praxis of Paradise” ••• by André Reichel, European Center for Sustainability Research, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany
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“This contribution seeks to commemorate Francisco Varela’s formal conceptions of self-reference, providing an overview of his writings while shedding some light in the praxis of self-reference, from where a future research agenda can be derived. The architecture of Varela’s thinking, determined by the interrelated notions of autopoiesis, autonomy, closure and self-reference, was examined. The emphasis was on the development and expansions of his calculus for self-reference from George Spencer Brown’s Laws of Form.” —A. Reichel
 
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Beethoven, illness to health, purpose of freeorder —Leif Smith
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Working out some thoughts, seeking an elusive coherence …
“Freeorder” names a kind of culture emergent from general and durable individual liberty of thought and action.
I seek to inspire the development of a network of integrating forges (∮forge), ventures dedicated to the emergence of Freeorder.
I am building an ∮forge, one tree in a growing forest.
Such trees are growing all over the world, independent, with no dominant owner or hierarchy.
forge means freeorder generator.
integrating means noticing things that advance Freeorder and gradually discovering, and acting upon, a whole picture.
freeorder means what’s good for explorers within each of us and among us.
explorers names people who persistently ask questions about things they care about and work to do something with the results.
freeorder raises a question more than it provides a solution.
The question: what is good for us, questioners, within each of us and among us?
Pursuits of answers to that question lead to a store of understandings mostly ignored, even suppressed, because they fail to advance political and crony power.
The implementation of things found by this quest generate an emergent social form called Freeorder.
∮forge are on the side of the question, not on the side of a particular answer.
The question leads to deeply individualistic insights that support community, and leads to the rejection of collectivist tyranny.
freeorder (processes made possible by respect for limits) leads to Freeorder (outcomes that sustain those processes). [note the self-reference, and see the preceding entry in Threads]
Briefly, freeorder —> Freeorder
My part of freeorder network is one tree in a growing forest of Freeorder.
My work might be called Project 31.3, taking a name from the third movement of Beethoven’s piano sonata 31, in which we pass through sickness to health.
Andras Schiff, at the piano, explains and illustrates.
This following contains some semi-technical detail, but the story eventually emerges:
 
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Van Jones declares opposition to campus safe spaces ••• ~YouTube
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Found in “The Best Anti-Fragility Speech Ever Came From a Surprising Source” ••• by Jon Miltimore ••• written for The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) •••
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In his short statement Van Jones, known as a progressive liberal, recognizes and advances a fundamental libertarian distinction.
 
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Joseph Mercola summarizes ••• the status of the Covid-19 discussion.
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Effective treatments exist. Censorship is killing people. Mercola names people who are telling the truth and the organizations who hide the truth and threaten sources.
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This is directly related to the Rogan interview ••• of 25 June 2021
 
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Joe Rogan Experience 1671 - Bret Weinstein and Dr Pierre Kory ••• ~25 June 2021, on Bitchute
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This is a long and extremely important interview. Each of the participants manifests the rationality, courage, and diligence that must persist in any culture that can remain a civilization fit for explorers. (see the book by Thomas Sowell, described below)
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Joe Rogan ••• interviewer
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Dr. Pierre Kory ••• researcher of treatments for Covid-19
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Bret Weinstein ••• investigator and broadcaster
 
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Covid, Response, Treatments, info being suppressed.
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Dr Robert Malone, Mr Steve Kirsch & Bret Weinstein...Covid-19 Perspectives From An Engineer, and a Medical Doctor Who Invented mRNA Vaccine Technology
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Video of a conversation, June 14, 2021 •••
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The above video is available on Rumble (above link), but YouTube has removed it. I’ve watched and have a hard time understanding why YouTube doesn’t want people to see it. Three highly qualified truth seekers made this video. They may be wrong, of course. But remove it? Why?
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Bret Weinstein discusses virus, vaccine, and treatment issues •••
 
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Thomas Sowell says that to understand any social issue we must investigate and understand the incentives and constraints affecting the people involved. See his Knowledge and Discovery -this is an excellent book! -ls
 
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June 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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Ask yourself if this ••• could possibly be correct - virus, vaccine, bioweapon, propaganda
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Dr. McCullough’s credentials and responsibilities make him extremely credible. https://rumble.com/vihjj9-dr.-peter-mccullough-speaks-to-the-german-corona-investigative-committee-ab.html
 
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Biographies of Richard Cobden ••• and John Bright •••
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Hence, Explorers Foundation’s Cobden-Bright Awards •••
 
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A document ••• published this June by the U.S. Government and signed by the President suggests that to question the results of an election, the government’s actions, or its medical authorities, may incite violence and therefore be domestic terrorism.
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“National Strategy for Combatting Domestic Terrorism” will be found at https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/National-Strategy-for-Countering-Domestic-Terrorism.pdf
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A friend writes: “This is a disturbing 32-page document issued by the White House under Biden's signature. Terms, like racism, are not defined and, on pages 10 and 11, it turns out if you question the 2020 elections, the government, or the CDC it may become grounds to declare one as a domestic terrorist. Once declared, banks, big tech et. al. may be loosed like a pack of blood hounds in your life. This is a chilling document.”
 
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Fear Is Contagious and Used to Control You ••• — Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola
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“In a newly released book, members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behavior, a subcommittee that advises the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies in the U.K., admit government is using fear to control and manipulate the population
SPI-B, which advocated for the use of fear messaging, now says it was unethical, totalitarian and a regrettable mistake.”
 
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Gaza war won't derail Arab-Jewish cooperation in Israel's Arava valley
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At a remote desert outpost in Israel’s Arava Valley—far from the Hamas missiles and mob violence that shook this country last month—Jews and Arabs are quietly working together to tackle the region’s most pressing water, energy and ecological issues. ••• ~The Washington Diplomat, about Arava Institute •••
 
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Josh Mitteldorf on N-Acetyl Cysteine •••
 
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June 6, 1944 •••
 
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Robert Gore, author of these articles, has become a highly valued fellow creator of freeorder network. He says much in few words. Read to travel long and fast. Thought density matters.
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Robert Gore’s StraightLineLogic •••
 
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May 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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Law, the Trust, from Alan Macfarlane’s book on F. W. Maitland [my highlighting -ls]
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7. Fellowship and Trust
In his consideration of the balance of liberty, equality and wealth through time, Maitland had effectively demolished one side of the famous nineteenth century dichotomy which was the basis of most thought on the evolution of societies. He had shown that not all civilizations had started in a world where individuals were embedded within the community, where contract was entirely subordinate to status, and where hierarchy and patriarchy were universal. Yet his magnificent achievement would be incomplete if he were to be unable to re-construct the other end of the famous supposed transformation. He needed to re-think the nature of the modern world as supposedly constituted by contract, individualism and equality.
In the last few years of his life, Maitland sketched out a plan for how this re-thinking might be done. He died without implementing the scheme in detail. But we can see in his hints the way in which he finally reconciled those great contradictions which he had wrestled with in his youthful fellowship dissertation on liberty and equality, namely how Adam Smith’s ‘self love’ and ‘social love’ could be harmonized, and how Tocqueville’s problem of how to reconcile equality with liberty could be achieved. Maitland did this through an exploration of what he came to believe was the greatest of all English legal contributions to the world, the Trust. This was an institution born by accident, not from Roman law, but which became the third great principle of social organization in the world, standing on the same level as Status and Contract. It was the Trust and the trust which it engendered which provided the foundations for modern liberty, wealth and equality.
Maitland wrote “The idea of a trust is so familiar to us all that we never wonder at it. And yet surely we ought to wonder. If we were asked what is the greatest and most distinctive achievement performed by Englishmen in the field of jurisprudence I cannot think that we should have any better answer to give than this, namely, the development from century to century of the trust idea.” These words were echoed in a letter to John Gray in November 1903, “Some one ought to explain our trust to the world at large, for I am inclined to think that the construction thereof is the greatest feat that men of our race have performed in the field of jurisprudence. …”
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The above is from Macfarlane’s F. W. Maitland and the Making of the Modern World, which will be found here: http://alanmacfarlane.com/TEXTS/Maitland_final.pdf
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Six books offered by Macfarlane (pdf files, without charge) •••
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In 2009, Alan Macfarlane graciously accepted an Explorers Foundation Cobden-Bright Award. His work constitutes a principal resource for students of freeorder.
 
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The best thing I’ve encountered on medical and government responses to Covid: An interview ••• ~Vimeo by John Leake ••• with Dr. Peter McCullough •••
 
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Urgent Open Letter from Doctors and Scientists to the European Medicines Agency regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Concerns ••• dated 28 Feb 2021 - a brilliantly constructed letter asking for responses to very specific questions. Among the authors are Yeadon and Wodarg.
 
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How Long is Now? ••• blog ••• of the Long Now Foundation •••
 
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Liquid Piston’s X-Engine ••• “The X-Engine is 30% more fuel-efficient than a diesel engine and up to 5-10x smaller and lighter. Compared to a small turbine, the X-engine is up to 2-4x more fuel-efficient while fitting a comparable envelope and weight.” vWatt
 
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“‘Literally criminal’: Suppressing data on ivermectin cost ‘half a million lives’, doctor charges” ••• “In a recent Zoom call, Dr. Pierre Kory of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance outlined numerous details showing the World Health Organization (WHO) knowingly suppressed data on the effectiveness of ivermectin against the virus in order to benefit the vaccine interests of Big Pharma.” —Commentary by R. Clinton Ohlers, published by World Tribune. ~thanks to Michael Flynn
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On Ivermectin, by Dr. Pierre Kory, author of the above article.
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“A large team of more than 1,000 lawyers and over 10,000 medical experts, led by Dr. Reiner Fuellmich, has initiated legal proceedings against the CDC, WHO and the Davos Group for crimes against humanity. Fuellmich and his team present the incorrect PCR test and the order for doctors to describe any comorbidity death as a Covid death – as fraud.” ••• ~thanks to Planet Lockdown’s “full interviews” for lead to Fuellmich •••
 
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Irshad Manji on Moral Courage ••• ~PBS video
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“The New York Times bestselling author Irshad Manji discusses how she thinks diversity should be defined and taught, the divisiveness of labels and why moral courage — not cancel culture — is the key to honest conversations about issues that polarize.”
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Irshad Manji received an Explorers Foundation Cobden-Bright Award in 2007. We will continue to support her work.
 
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FLCCC: Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance — Prevention & Treatment Protocols for COVID-19 ••• ~thanks to Wendi Peck
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Ivermectin in Covid-19 •••
 
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From Sean Gabb, author, broadcaster, academic, 10 May 2021, on revolution and free speech
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On the danger to freedom of speech in both England and America, and a proposed device to get it back.
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“It should be plain that we are, in both England and America, living through a revolution. This is not a normal revolution as these things are considered. Unlike in France or Russia, there has been no overthrow of an established order, no burst of state violence, no establishment after that of an overtly new order. There are no secret police. There are no labour camps. No one is beaten to death in a police cell. All the same, we are living through a revolution. It is a revolution that has involved the gradual capture of education, the media, the administration, the charities and the more permeable religious institutions, and the recent aligning of the larger or more glamorous business concerns. I see no point in discussing its ultimate objects. I am not sure if these are wholly agreed. But its provisional object is the destruction of our traditional identity, and of our liberty so far as this stands in the way of that provisional object.” —Sean Gabb •••
 
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John Deere Helps Black Farmers Fight Land Grabbers Through Leap Coalition ••• ~Black Enterprise •••
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“John Deere, in partnership with the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), established the LEAP (Legislation, Education, Advocacy and Production Systems) coalition in 2020 to help eliminate barriers created by Heirs Property and provide resources to advance the lives and livelihoods of Black farmers. LEAP is dedicated to ensuring the long-term sustainability of over 60 million acres of land currently owned or farmed by Black farmers.” ~John Deere web page •••
 
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Event: Free Speech, Cancel Culture, and Viewpoint Diversity on Campus ••• Princeton, moderated by Robbie George, 6 pm ET, 20 May 2021 ~Alumni & Donors Unite •••
 
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Just in, an important note ••• from Calvin Coolidge ~Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation •••
 
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And, from someone who seems to be in sympathy with Coolidge:
 
American's-Creed
 
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Everyone should be free to discuss anything, and find fault if fault there is.
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“Are We Being Set Up for Mass Depopulation?” ••• by Joe Mercola, based on an interview ••• with Michael Yeadon, part of a yet to be released movie, “Planet Lockdown”. Michael Yeadon, Ph.D., is a life science researcher and former vice-president and chief scientist of allergy and respiratory research at Pfizer. —this interview contains an extremely unpleasant conjecture, but I’ve found it in the writing of others whom I respect, and so, I believe the conjecture should be criticized and defeated, if possible. And if not possible …? -ls
 
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Full interviews from “Planet Lockdown”: https://planetlockdownfilm.com/full-interviews/
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Partial list: Michael Yeadon, Václav Klaus, Knut Wittkowski, H.S.H Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, Reiner Fuellmich
 
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“Since it is difficult, or rather impossible, to represent a man’s life as entirely spotless and free from blame, we should use the best chapters in it to build up the most complete picture and regard this as the true likeness. Any errors or crimes, on the other hand, which may tarnish a man’s career and may have been committed out of passion or political necessity, we should regard rather as a lapse from a particular virtue than as the products of some innate vice. We must not dwell on them too emphatically in our history, but should rather show indulgence to human nature for its inability to produce a character which is absolutely good and uncompromisingly dedicated to virtue.” —Plutarch, in the life of Cimon
 
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“The individualist societies of the Anglosphere … have in economic matters generally had a transactional, rather than pseudo-familial and emotional relationship with the state. Anglosphere societies are neither economically egalitarian nor economically hierarchical by principle, but rather indifferent to economic equality.” —from James C. Bennett’s article ••• [Quadrant magazine] on Immanuel Todd’s latest book on the anthropology of family types.
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James C. Bennett writes of his review of Emmanuel Todd’s Lineages of Modernity: A History of Humanity from the Stone Age to Homo Americanus: “Europeans often wonder how America can be so dominant when it seems so archaic in so many ways compared to Europe. It is dominant precisely because it is so archaic."
 
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Alan Macfarlane: Tocqueville on China and America ••• [Cambridge] toward mutual understanding.
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An introduction to Macfarlane’s work, in interviews on his life and work by Richard Marshall ••• [Cambridge] Inspiring materials for anyone thinking about freeorder.
 
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April 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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Steven Levy asks, “The more interesting question is whether we will care to distinguish between a human and a machine—even when we know we are talking to a machine.” ••• [Wired]
 
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Investments made by Explorers Foundation so far in 2021
CANZUK Space Policy Study (Part 1)
Who: James C. Bennett
What: Show the potential for collaboration among Canada, New Zealand, Australia,
and the UK in the provision of a superior environment for entrepreneurial space ventures.
Why: Jim’s study will reveal the freeorder generative qualities of the Anglosphere.
Amount: $6,000
Alumni and Donors Unite (ADU)
Who: Linda Sweeney
What: ADU will act in support of change agents reforming higher education.
Why: Quality education is essential to the preservation of civilization.
Amount: $2,500 + $500 in June of last year
What guides our investment philosophy: The vision and concept of quest serving balances among designed and spontaneous orders within individuals and cultures. We call such balances freeorder and are intent on generating an emergent culture we call Freeorder.
What we look for in people with whom we invest: Passionate and durable interest in something contributory to the emergence of Freeorder, in every case requiring curiosity, wonder, imagination, bold conjecture, critical thinking, and energy.
If the Emergence of Freeorder is seen as a multi-faceted crystal, then each of our investments relates to one or more of its faces.
Our pattern of investments is intended to evoke curiosity about that crystal and start conversations.
A table of EF investments describing each of our investments from 2004 to May 2021.
 
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Freeorder Generators (forge) track and invest in the emergence of Freeorder and the generative application of the principles of freeorder. Integrating forge (∮forge) are observation posts and capital sources dwelling on the edge of the Emergence. Each ∮forge has an extremely limited scope of vision, but we have been watching the development of special zones for many years, and believe that they constitute an important feature of the Emergence. Here are some fragments of a pattern (one of many possible) seen today from the ∮forge that includes Explorers Foundation.
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Spencer MacCallum’s The Art of Community ••• [free, otherwise not available] shows up in the early roots of many special zone projects … Spencer Heath’s Citadel, Market and Altar ••• [Reason review] … “Somalia - Clan Owned Freeports as Multi-Tenant Income Properties” ••• [glyph 392] ….. Richard Bolin created the World Export Processing Zone Association ••• — Bob Haywood worked with him and later became the director ….. Michael Strong and Mark Frazier's paper on "Women's Empowerment Free Zones" ••• ….. Startup Societies Foundation ••• … Charter Cities Institute ••• … Windward Foundation ••• [small land-improvement community governance] … The Seasteading Institute ••• … Institute for Competitive Governance ••• … Jim Bennett, the Anglosphere as optimal freezone host, New Victoria ••• … Honduras: Prospera ••• . Morazán City ••• [thanks to Joyce Brand] … Tom W. Bell ••• Your Next Government?: From the Nation State to Stateless Nations ••• [Amazon] . Ulex: the open source legal system ••• ….. Universidad Francisco Marroquin •••
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Spencer MacCallum: A Man Beyond His Time ••• [Barnes & Noble, hardcover] ••• [Amazon] by Mike Hamel
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“Ideas are seeds that originate in someone's imagination. Once shared, they are either ignored or pollenated by others. They take root and grow into beliefs, practices, and cultures. Good ideas produce good fruit. This book is a brief introduction to a man who has some great ideas that could lead to more humane societies. They deserve to be better understood and applied.This is the story of an extraordinary individual who always followed his own idiosyncratic passions. He interacted with, and influenced, some of the leading libertarian thinkers of his day. And he was the co-creator of possibly the only viable approach to a stateless world that could actually work.”
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“Spencer MacCallum & The World He Made: A Eulogy (1931-2020)” ••• by Zach Caceres
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“A Private Tech City Opens for Business in Honduras: Prospera, a mini startup nation with its own set of laws, begins recruiting residents amid local controversy” ••• [Bloomberg, March 2021]
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vOpenworld — Water, added to dry land, allows crops to grow. Freedom, added to land, allows everything to grow.
 
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What Birds Eat: How to Preserve the Natural Diet and Behavior of North American Birds ••• a recent book by Kim Long
 
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The Grand Unified Theory of Music: How to Play Hundreds of Ancient and Future Scales and Modulate in Just Intonation and with 53-note-to-the-octave tuning •••
 
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“Deregulation and Discovery: When we change the rules so that people’s freedom to innovate is no longer restricted, they can discover new and better approaches that might have been impossible before” ••• by Steven Horwitz ••• on Libertarianism.org
 
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A Summer Program to Invigorate Your Child's Passions — Expanse Summer •••
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This summer, Expanse is thrilled to invite students from around the world to explore exciting professional paths while developing essential life skills.
Our program integrates daily technical workshops with deep dives into the ideas of classical thinkers and their written works.
By the end of the program, students walk away with new technical skills, a project to jumpstart their professional portfolio, and deep reflections on how to vigorously pursue the life they want.
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Short video on Expanse Summer ••• [1 min 11 sec]
 
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Matt Kibbe, Free the People ••• important resources for Freeorder
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Matt Kibbe talks ••• to former Libertarian vice presidential nominee Spike Cohen about government fear mongering and the threat of vaccine passports to liberty. They also discuss how living with a chronic illness can be surprisingly motivating and what the Libertarian Party needs to do to get its house in order and start attracting voters. Cohen argues that Libertarians need to be better at addressing the practical concerns of real Americans and stop their bad habit of gatekeeping the movement.
Subscribe to Kibbe on Liberty on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, YouTube, or anywhere you get podcasts.
 
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James C. Bennett writes of his review of Emmanuel Todd’s Lineages of Modernity: A History of Humanity from the Stone Age to Homo Americanus: “Europeans often wonder how America can be so dominant when it seems so archaic in so many ways compared to Europe. It is dominant precisely because it is so archaic."
 
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“88 Years Ago, FDR Banned Gold. Will a Bitcoin Ban Be Next?” ••• Tho Bishop ••• at Mises Institute •••
 
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Zen snd the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was “… rejected by more than 120 publishers. But it went on to become one of the best-selling philosophical books of all time – topping more than 5 million copies across 27 different languages.” —article ••• about Robert Pirsig’s book, found at Praxis ••• [Discover Praxis]
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You Don't Need College to Unlock a Career You Love. Praxis is a college alternative that builds your skills and your network. Don’t pay [Praxis] until you’re hired. ••• [Discover Praxis]
 
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March 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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Worth reading, distributing, discussing: “American Exodus: Don’t wait for the oligarchy to let you in. Just walk away” ••• published March 24, 2021 by Tablet Magazine ••• [about] by Angelo M. Codevilla ••• [bio at Independent Institute] author of The Ruling Class ••• [Reason Magazine review] There is a lot in this essay that fits the vision of the emergence of freeorder. ~thanks to Joe Bast for the link
 
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Why Is Everyone in Texas Not Dying? ••• Jeffrey A. Tucker ••• AIER •••
 
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Socialism consumes capital, the productive goods of the world, until finally we are overcome by the demands of nature.
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This is a paraphrase of Mises: “Socialism is not in the least what it pretends to be. It is not the pioneer of a better and finer world, but a spoiler of what thousands of years of civilization have created. It does not build; it destroys. For destruction is the essence of it. It produces nothing, it only consumes what the social order based on private ownership in the means of production has created.” – Ludwig von Mises, Socialism [1951], quoted in the FFF Daily, for 23 March 2021 published by The Future of Freedom Foundation •••
 
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Colorado Beaver Summit ••• October 20 & 22, 2021
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“As climate change accelerates, Colorado experiences drought conditions with greater frequency, intensity and duration. These changes threaten our water supplies, our forests and our way of life. Beavers can help mitigate these effects. Please join us Wednesday and Friday, October 20 and 22, for the first Colorado Beaver Summit to learn how this keystone species can help us avoid the worst effects of climate change.” —Colorado Headwaters •••
 
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Medici.tv: Yo-Yo Ma's moonlit magic: the Bach Cello Suites in Athens
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"These suites are so meaningful. They’re not only companions and friends, but they’ve also been reference points in my life… For almost six decades, they have given me sustenance, comfort, and joy during times of stress, celebration, and loss. What power does this music possess that even today, after three hundred years, it continues to help us navigate through troubled times?" –Yo-Yo Ma
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A small part of this seems to be free, but then an invitation to subscribe appears. In my opinion it’s worth it. -ls
 
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Phase One of CANZUK Space Study, a project of James C. Bennett, is now funded
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Explorers Foundation is pleased to announce that it has funded Phase One of the Study Project on Canada-Australia-United Kingdom-New Zealand Collaboration in the Development of Interplanetary Space, or “CANZUK Space Study” for short. The Principal Investigator of this study will be James C. Bennett, who combines a long history of entrepreneurial activity, policy advocacy, and consulting in the commercial arena in the USA and UK with an equally long history of researching and writing about space policy, and broader topics of technology, politics, and society.
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Press Release, 15 March 2021 •••
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EF’s investments in the work of James C. Bennett •••
 
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Precautionary Principle Destroying the EU — paragraphs taken from “The precautionary principle is literally killing Europe” ••• Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, 16 Mar 2021, The Telegraph — the article is mainly about the handling of vaccines against the virus, but AEP uses it to illustrate and contrast general principles of importance.
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“The precautionary principle has been married with another EU deformity: its slow, rigid, legalistic ethos, and its 190,000 pages of near-irreversible Acquis. The two together have reinforced each other in a paralysing fashion. This regime is perfect for vested interests that know how to play the Brussels game and manipulate the regulatory committees. The zero-risk code can be mobilised to shut out rivals and new technologies that pose a commercial threat.”
“It is also true that the precautionary principle has made inroads into Anglo-Saxon societies. But only up to a point. The US, the UK, and Canada still cleave towards the ‘innovation principle’, a preference for trial-and-error and a willingness to risk failure along the way — ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’”. 
“You could argue that this philosophy has its roots in English Common Law, a legal culture that loosely permits behaviour unless explicitly forbidden by statute. It is fundamentally different from Napoleonic law that prohibits behaviour unless explicitly authorised – “guilty until proven innocent”. Legal scholars will object to this contrasting schema but it contains a nugget of truth.”
“The innovation philosophy also has roots in the Baconian Method: the scientific interrogation of facts: the bottom-up empiricism of Francis Bacon and his followers, from Newton through to the Scottish Enlightenment, and beyond. There are great Baconians in Continental Europe of course, but they are not dominant.” 
“What is dominant is the top-down Cartesian Method instilled into the French civil service, and through them into the EU’s machinery. It has fused with the zero-risk totemism of modern Germans to produce a precautionary monster, and a long list of destructive policies.”
“The vaccine saga has driven home the point that the British people really are different animals from Continental Europeans, a cultural distinction that dates back at least 700 years and one that is amply explored by Cambridge anthropologist Alan MacFarlane in The Origins of English Individualism. This island Sonderweg is not a myth.”
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Thanks to Jim Bennett, author of The Anglosphere Challenge, in which these ideas are deeply explored. vAnglosphere
 
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A principle of freeorder thinking: be extremely cautious about excessive (blinding) aggregation of data, resulting in loss of differences and distinctions which may be causal.
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“The weirdest people in the world?” ••• Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2010)
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“Abstract: Behavioral scientists routinely publish broad claims about human psychology and behavior in the world’s top journals based on samples drawn entirely from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) societies. Researchers – often implicitly – assume that either there is little variation across human populations, or that these “standard subjects” are as representative of the species as any other population. Are these assumptions justified? Here, our review of the comparative database from across the behavioral sciences suggests both that there is substantial variability in experimental results across populations and that WEIRD subjects are particularly unusual compared with the rest of the species – frequent outliers. The domains reviewed include visual perception, fairness, cooperation, spatial reasoning, categorization and inferential induction, moral reasoning, reasoning styles, self-concepts and related motivations, and the heritability of IQ. The findings suggest that members of WEIRD societies, including young children, are among the least representative populations one could find for generalizing about humans. Many of these findings involve domains that are associated with fundamental aspects of psychology, motivation, and behavior – hence, there are no obvious a priori grounds for claiming that a particular behavioral phenomenon is universal based on sampling from a single subpopulation. Overall, these empirical patterns suggests that we need to be less cavalier in addressing questions of human nature on the basis of data drawn from this particularly thin, and rather unusual, slice of humanity. We close by proposing ways to structurally re-organize the behavioral sciences to best tackle these challenges.”
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Thanks to Jim Bennett who led us here: https://traditionsofconflict.com/blog/2021/2/5/the-limits-of-the-proposed-behavioral-immune-system, which then led to here: https://www2.psych.ubc.ca/~henrich/pdfs/WeirdPeople.pdf —from which the above abstract is taken.
 
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Here’s a good link to Tanner Greer’s excellent review of Bennett & Lotus’ America 3.0:
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This book is currently contributing to the evolution of an Explorers Foundation project.
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Tanner’s blog is The Scholar’s Stage: https://scholars-stage.blogspot.com
 
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Leemon Baird, Hashgraph, a digital innovation based on gossip protocol, may become important in the evolving crypto world, especially for tokenized real world assets.
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Leemon Baird’s company, Hedera Hashgraph •••
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What is Asset Tokenization? ••• [Hedera website]
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What is Hashgraph Consensus? ••• [Hedera website]
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YouTube hosts talks by Leemon Baird. Search on “leemon+baird+hashgraph”
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Dr. Leemon Baird's talk: “Tokenization with Distributed Ledger Technologies"
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Originally delivered at Kennesaw State University. I cannot find a good link for this lecture, so it has been copied into our archive — a 500 MB .mp4, well illustrated. After click, the presentation starts almost immediately. A smaller .zip file is here: ••• -ls
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Thanks to Dr. Solomon Negash ••• Kennesaw State University.
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“The Swirlds Hashgraph Consensus Algorithm: Fair, Fast, Byzantine Fault Tolerance” ••• <the full paper, 2016> Leemon Baird ••• <the Hedera team> May 31, 2016, Swirlds Tech Report Swirlds-Tr-2016-01
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“Abstract. A new system, the Swirlds hashgraph consensus algorithm, is proposed for replicated state machines with guaranteed Byzantine fault tolerance. It achieves fairness, in the sense that it is dicult for an attacker to manipulate which of two transactions will be chosen to be first in the consensus order. It has complete asynchrony, no leaders, no round robin, no proof-of-work, eventual consensus with probability one, and high speed in the absence of faults. It is based on a gossip protocol, in which the participants don’t just gossip about transactions. They gossip about gossip. They jointly build a hashgraph reflecting all of the gossip events. This allows Byzantine agreement to be achieved through virtual voting. Alice does not send Bob a vote over the Internet. Instead, Bob calculates what vote Alice would have sent, based on his knowledge of what Alice knows. This yields fair Byzantine agreement on a total order for all transactions, with very little communication overhead beyond the transactions themselves.”
 
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The Complete Baseline of Health ••• [Amazon Kindle] Jon Barron •••
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“No longer limited by publishing costs and the confines of the printed page, it was my goal to make The Complete Baseline of Health the first truly essential alternative health book of the digital age.” —Jon Barron vMethuselah
Barron, Jon. The Complete Baseline of Health: The Digital Reference Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (p. 7). Barron & Barron Publishing. Kindle Edition.
 
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Robert Gore, on his, Straight Line Logic ••• has posted a link ••• to Brent Hamachek’s remarkable essay, “Understanding and Embracing the Role of the 21st-Century American Dissident” ••• [hamachek’s site]
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Excellent, by Robert Gore, Everything I Know About Business I Learned From The Godfather •••
 
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Οι θεοί στέλνουν νήμα για το έργο που ξεκίνησε — an ancient Greek saying (Homer?) inscribed on the wall of Andrew Carnegie’s study in New York, translated as “The Gods send thread for the web begun.”
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The translation of the word ἔργον is surprising. It means work, not web.
Probably, it was translated as web to more poetically convey the meaning in a stronger image. Looms, threads, and webs were central to Carnegie’s early life. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was he who required the “mistranslation” so as to make the saying deeply personal. He may have had that simple truth in his mind and heart long before he encountered the Greek saying, possibly passed down to him by generations of ancestral weavers. Speculation.
Carnegie knew it was an ancient Greek saying. On his wall I think it was in English.
http://www.briantaylor.com/AndrewCarnegie.htm — lists the quotations on the wall of his study, and cites Wall’s biography ••• [review by Thomas J. Misa , Illinois Institute of Technology] which was my original source when I used the quotation to explain the Open Network.
I have not seen a picture of the wall, but I expect the quotations were inscribed on the frieze.
 
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“Remembering Karl Popper” ••• by David Cohen, Feb 2021 on Quillette ••• vPopper
 
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What if the word freeorder is question more than answer? ••• [glyph 629]
 
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February 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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Pulitzer Winning Journalist Charlie LeDuff Announces ••• [radio show] COVID Death Count Lawsuit Against Michigan Governor — working with Mackinac Center ••• to obtain records revealing why, how, and how many old people with CoVid were sent into nursing homes, probably infecting others and leading to a large number of unnecessary deaths.
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Reporter Charlie LeDuff has a show called “No BS News Hour” ••• — the name of the show is accurate. We need this kind of reporting. vSheridan
 
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News ••• from the Initiative for Free Trade ••• London vAnglosphere
 
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A wonderful, and I think, necessary book: The Lost Words ••• by Robert Macfarlane
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Helping to bridge the expanding gap between childhood and the natural world.
 
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Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny. ~Aristotle, distilled by Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, 1926. Thanks to Caelan Huntress, who wrote: "My quote of all time is a misattribution" ••• vEudaimonia
 
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Ethan Yang’s ••• “Why We Need Simple Rules for a Complex World” ••• written for the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER •••) explains that Epstein’s book “sets forth a general framework for an optimal legal and regulatory apparatus for a society as sophisticated as the one we have now. Its core assertion is that a system that maximizes freedom over one that seeks to regulate everything in its path would lead to a far better society.” vBlackstone
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“The main takeaway from this book is that there is massive potential to improve society, if we move away from the current manner in which we view regulation to a system that prioritizes individual autonomy.” —Yang
 
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Bibliographies by Williamson M. Evers ••• Independent Institute •••
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The Crisis in Civil Rights: Best Books and Articles on Race, Police, and the Welfare State •••
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Readings on Anti-Semitism •••
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Readings on Police Reform •••
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Readings on Poverty and the Welfare State •••
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Readings on Race and Civil Rights •••
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An introduction to Williamson M. Evers ••• [video: start at 1:40]
 
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After Collapse: The End of America and the Rebirth of Her Ideals ••• [Amazon] by Max Borders ••• [Facebook]
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After Collapse provides basis for imaginative and critical discussion. It should be widely read, especially in schools where there is interest in learning to think rather than only to believe and react. Things are bad enough to require deep thought and resolute action — which may succeed!
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This book could profitably be read along with America 3.0 by James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus. See Tanner Greer’s review ••• on The Scholar’s Stage •••
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Greer writes: “It is unusual for me to read a book aimed at popular conservative audiences.  I am something of a disaffected conservative. Crony capitalism and government overreach have proved to be bipartisan endeavors, and I have long lost faith that the Republican party can ever be more than an organ of America's governing elite. [1] Outside of the beltway the broader currents of mainstream conservatism are so full of angry sound and righteous fury (and nothing else) that I have long stopped paying close attention them. The movement is in desperate need of a clearer vision and more compelling purpose.”
 
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Is it time to question the PCR virus test and challenge the policies built on it?
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“Coronavirus Scandal Breaking in Merkel’s Germany. False Positives and the Drosten PCR Test” ••• by F. William Engdahl
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“The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d’État and the “Great Reset” ••• by Michel Chossudovsky
 
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The Tyranny of Metrics ••• [Princeton] by Jerry Z. Muller •••
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The most countable things are sometimes poor guides.
 
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An attempt to cancel Dorian S. Abbot at University of Chicago was defeated [see “More Weight] with the help of the Free Speech Union ••• vGuardian
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“‘More Weight’: An Academic’s Guide to Surviving Campus Witch Hunts” ••• by Dorian S. Abbot, 5 Feb 2021
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“Since these cancellation tactics are increasingly being deployed against academics who advocate mainstream views on any number of subjects—including hiring and admission—I’ve assembled some thoughts based on my recent experience, in the hope that my advice might be useful to others who find themselves in my position. If we’re going to defend the pursuit of truth, the primacy of reason, and academic freedom effectively, we need to discuss tactics that have worked, and build on these successes.”
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Free Speech Union ••• — defense services
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Free speech is the bedrock on which all our other freedoms rest, yet it is currently in greater peril than at any time since the Second World War. The Free Speech Union is a non-partisan, mass-membership public interest body that stands up for the speech rights of its members. If you think there’s a risk you’ll be penalised for exercising your legal right to free speech, whether it’s in the workplace or the public square, you need the protection of the Free Speech Union. How might we protect you?
• If you find yourself being targeted by a digital outrage mob on social media for having exercised your legal right to free speech, we may mobilise an army of supporters.
• If a petition is launched calling for you to be fired, when you’ve done nothing other than exercise your legal right to free speech, we may help you organise a counter-petition.
• If you’re no-platformed by a university—a feminist professor who challenges trans orthodoxy, for instance—we’ll encourage you to fight back and members of our advisory councils may be able to tell you what remedies are available to you.
• If you’re a student being investigated by your university for breaching a speech code, we may take up your case with the university.
• If you’re punished by your employer because you’ve exercised your lawful right to free speech, we’ll do our best to provide you with assistance or refer you to specialists who can help.
 
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“Substack is a place for independent writing. Subscribe directly to writers you trust. Take back your mind” ••• vSheridan
 
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“My Resignation from the Intercept” [29Oct20] ••• Glenn Greenwald •••
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“The same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed the media outlet I co-founded, culminating in censorship of my own articles.”
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“The Journalistic Tattletale and Censorship Industry …” ••• Glenn Greenwald
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‘A new and rapidly growing journalistic “beat” has arisen over the last several years that can best be described as an unholy mix of junior high hall-monitor tattling and Stasi-like citizen surveillance. It is half adolescent and half malevolent. Its primary objectives are control, censorship, and the destruction of reputations for fun and power. Though its epicenter is the largest corporate media outlets, it is the very antithesis of journalism.’
 
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Once upon a time, gold bonds were the norm. They effectively financed productive enterprise & generated income for bondholders – until 1933. It took 87 years, but now the gold bond market is reemerging ••• [audio 23 min, youtube] an interview with Keith Wiener, Monetary Metals •••
 
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“Tech Wars: RCA and the Television Industry” ••• by Gary Hoover, The American Business History Center ••• vWatt
 
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Scottsdale, Ariz, February 5, 2021—Monetary Metals® announces the renewal and expansion of its gold, silver & platinum leases to Money Metals Exchange, to finance the Idaho-based business’ bullion inventory. vMulligan
 
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Dubai Creates 'Space Court' For Out-of-this-world Disputes ••• “The tribunal will be based at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, an independent British-inspired arbitration centre based on common law.” vAnglosphere
 
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January 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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Michael Yon, journalist & photographer, “America’s most experienced living combat correspondent”. An interview with Yon: “'Agent Provocateur' Tactics Seen at Jan 6 US Capitol Protest” ••• [video, youtube]
 
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How the Great Barrington Declaration Came to Be ••• with Jeffrey Tucker
 
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Monetary Metals ••• issues world’s first gold bond ••• since 1933
 
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December 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World ••• by Virginia Postrel •••
 
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Shelby Steele’s new investigative documentary, “What Killed Michael Brown?” ••• Reviews: Chicagoboyz ••• National Review ••• Reason •••
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Steel’s idea of “poetic truth” is interesting and useful.
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Mr. Steele is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. This article is adapted from his forthcoming [now published] book Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country.
 
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Samizdata ••• A blog for people with a critically rational individualist perspective
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“The Samizdata people are a bunch of sinister and heavily armed globalist illuminati who seek to infect the entire world with the values of personal liberty and several property.
Amongst our many crimes is a sense of humour and the intermittent use of British spelling.
We are also a varied group made up of social individualists, classical liberals, whigs, libertarians, extropians, futurists, ‘Porcupines’, Karl Popper fetishists, recovering neo-conservatives, crazed Ayn Rand worshipers, over-caffeinated Virginia Postrel devotees, witty Frédéric Bastiat wannabes, cypherpunks, minarchists, kritarchists and wild-eyed anarcho-capitalists from Britain, North America, Australia and Europe.”
 
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Virus: “The Decimal Point that Blew Up the World” ••• by Jeffrey A. Tucker ••• for AIER •••
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“What was the basis of panic that led the lights to darken on civilization?”
 
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Spencer MacCallum (1931-2020) ••• True, beautiful: A eulogy by Zach Caceres •••
 
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Brexit Party transforms ••• into Reform Party — vAnglosphere
 
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Wolfram Alpha partners with IOHK to integrate data from the Cardano blockchain •••
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Stephen Blackwood ••• of Ralston College ••• interviews ••• Stephen Wolfram •••
 
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“It’s time for the ‘Deplorables’ to become the Unconquerables” ••• Glenn H. Reynolds ••• New York Post, December 17, 2020 — Glenn H. Reynold’s blog, Instapundit •••
 
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The wave that sweeps away authoritarian culture will be a Romantic one. It will not be fundamentally rational or logical. Freeorder names a Romantic movement, in which logic is an indispensable servant of art, never forsaken, but never dominant. The songs that rise in all of us will make a wind to sweep authoritarian opposition to oblivion. -ls
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thumos (from Greek: θυμός) ~thanks to Roger Kimball for his essay •••
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Thumos (also commonly spelled 'thymos'; Greek: θυμός) is a Greek word expressing the concept of "spiritedness" (as in "spirited stallion" or "spirited debate"). The word indicates a physical association with breath or blood and is also used to express the human desire for recognition. It is not a somatic feeling, as nausea and giddiness are.
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We need a new word to throw into the faces of the opponents of liberty, a word with spirit and ring to it. A word that demands a response when there can be no reasoned response. Defense, only, will fail. We must take the offensive.
 
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Filecoin interviews ••• tell a magnificent story of freeorder, building a massive project from quest serving balances among designed and spontaneous orders … immutable storage of documents . uses in journalism . future of archives . Protocol Labs and development of the IPFS file system .
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Protocol Labs ••• developers of the IPFS file system
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A user of Filecoin: USC Shoah Foundation ••• – “The Institute for Visual History and Education, formerly Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust (which in Hebrew is called the Shoah) and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action.” -Wikipedia
 
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UK Medical Freedom Alliance ••• Professionals supporting medical choice and informed consent - articles •••
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Doctors and Medical Professionals From All Over The World Speak Out : On Covid, vaccinations etc: ••• [video on Brighteon - brief statements]
 
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The Mother Tree Project •••
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“The Mother Tree Project explores how connections and communication between trees, particularly below-ground connections between Douglas-fir Mother Trees and seedlings, could influence forest recovery and resilience following various harvesting and regeneration treatments. The project was designed to explore these relationships across different climates, in order to understand how climate change could influence these processes and affect the outcomes of the treatments.”
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About the research of Dr. Suzanne Simard, forest ecology professor at the University of British Columbia, founder of the Project: “The Social Life of Forests: Trees appear to communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi. What are they sharing with one another?” ••• by Ferris Jabr, Photographs by Brendan George Ko
 
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Sean Gabb’s critique ••• of the phrase “Cultural Marxism”
 
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British abolition of slavery
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“How much did all this cost? David Eltis reckoned that the suppression of the Atlantic slave-trade cost British taxpayers a minimum of £250,000 per annum (equal to about £1 billion today) for half a century.” https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/britain-slave-trade-and-the-problem-with-decolonisation- by Nigel Bigger, Nov 29, 2020
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See also Bigger’s “Britain, Slavery, and Anti-Slavery,” Nov 26, 2020
 
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November 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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“Civil Disobedience Over Lockdowns Spreads Across America” ••• by Jon Miltmore, 25Nov20
 
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Education: Teaching how to think, not what to believe
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Alumni and Donors Unite. Taking action to restore academic freedom in higher education.
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Our purpose
Alumni and Donors Unite brings awareness of the need for a return to the original purpose of a college education. We support education not indoctrination, and are on a mission to restore free inquiry and individual empowerment to higher education by leveraging the substantial financial power and influence of alumni and other donors to counterbalance “overt threats to free-speech and diversity of thinking” and the cultural Marxism that is prevalent on college campuses. We open the eyes of donors—many of whom have little idea of the degree and depth of the corruption at their alma maters. We connect alumni and other who care deeply about higher education, with their options to support those changes, and invest in alignment with their values.
We are an “action tank”! Mobilizing/activating alumni and donors to engage and face down the issues in higher ed. In a myriad of ways.
Linda Sweeney
Founder
Alumni and Donors Unite
(858) 699-4736
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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education ••• (FIRE)
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“The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process, legal equality, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of liberty.”
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FIRE, on the Chicago Statement ••• [pdf]
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National Association of Scholars ••• (NAS)
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“The National Association of Scholars upholds the standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom, searches for the truth, and promotes virtuous citizenship.”
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James Martin Center ••• (JMC)
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“Our goals are to improve colleges and universities, especially in North Carolina.
We want to:
• Increase the diversity of ideas taught, debated, and discussed on campus;
• Encourage respect for the institutions that underlie economic prosperity and freedom of action and conscience;
• Increase the quality of teaching and students’ commitment to learning so that they graduate with strong literacy and fundamental knowledge;
• Encourage cost-effective administration and governance.
To do this we will:
• Inform parents, students, trustees, alumni, and administrators about actual learning on campus and how it can be improved;
• Inform taxpayers about the use and impact of their funds;
• Find ways to acquaint students with ideas that are dismissed or marginalized on campuses today;
• Be a watchdog for legislative and administrative governance.
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Ralston College ••• Stephen Blackwood ••• founder
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“Ralston College is committed to an educational vision that enables students to lead lives of self-knowledge, freedom, and substance. The most distinguished colleges and universities in the world have historically been likewise committed, and there are still today pockets of teachers, administrators, and institutes who endeavor to honor that vision.”
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Robert P. George, Princeton
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“Advice to Students on the Fringes of the Moment” ••• — For students at any university caught up in a moment of demand for uniform opinion. George posted a note to Princeton students, on his Facebook page, 25 Aug 2020. This paragraph captures the essence of George's advice:
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“Thinking is not something that can be outsourced. You have to do it for yourself. Don't let your professors tell you what to think. Don't let popular opinion on campus dictate your convictions. If a professor tries to indoctrinate you, resist. His or her job is to educate you. Indoctrination is the antithesis of education. If there is groupthink on campus, the response it should trigger in you is a desire to probe and question. What is to be said on the other side? Are there thinkers and writers who doubt or deny the "consensus"? If so, read and carefully consider what they have to say. Make up your own mind. Think for yourself.”
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The entire Facebook note from Robert P. George: http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/623.html
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The Philadelphia Statement ••• (please consider signing)
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“Social Media mobs. Cancel culture. Campus speech policing. These are all part of life in today’s America. Freedom of expression is in crisis. Truly open discourse—the debates, exchange of ideas, and arguments on which the health and flourishing of a democratic republic crucially depend—is increasingly rare. Ideologues demonize opponents to block debates on important issues and to silence people with whom they disagree.
“We must ask ourselves: Is this the country we want? Surely not. We want—and to be true to ourselves we need—to be a nation in which we and our fellow citizens of many different faiths, philosophies, and persuasions can speak their minds and honor their deepest convictions without fear of punishment and retaliation.
“If we seek a brighter future, we must relearn a fundamental truth: Our liberty and our happiness depend upon the maintenance of a public culture in which freedom and civility coexist—where people can disagree robustly, even fiercely, yet treat each other as human beings—and, indeed, as fellow citizens—not mortal enemies. “Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist,” Frederick Douglass declared in 1860. Indeed, our liberal democracy is rooted in and dependent upon the shared understanding that all people have inherent dignity and worth, and that they must be treated accordingly.”
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The complete statement ••• (please consider signing)
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The Chicago Statement
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‘The “Chicago Statement” refers to the free speech policy statement produced by the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago. In July of 2014, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Eric D. Isaacs tasked the Committee with “articulating the University’s overarching commitment to free, robust, and uninhibited debate and deliberation among all members of the University’s community.” The Committee, which was chaired by esteemed University of Chicago Law School professor Geoffrey Stone, released the report (Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression) in January of 2015.’
 
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Stand Together Foundation ••• [letter about] created by Brian Hooks (CEO) and Charles G. Koch
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Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World ••• by Charles G. Koch and Brian Hooks. The authors of this book understand freeorder.
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The authors write: “We believe so much in the potential of all people that when you order the book, we'll invest the full purchase price evenly among these six change-makers.”
 
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Benjamin Disraeli & William Gladstone ••• [video, youtube] seismographs are picking up interesting vibrations.
 
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Matt Taibbe ••• a journalist we are reading and admiring
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“The Worst Choice Ever” ••• on the U.S. election: “Donald Trump is a disaster, but Joe Biden's party is democratic in name only. Why this year's election is a vomit milkshake” -Taibbe
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vSheridan •••
 
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Freedom Foundation of Southern Africa ••• work ••• on Covid-19 lockdown
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“The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has promoted and fostered an open society, the Rule of Law, personal liberty, and economic and press freedom since its founding in 1975. The current global outbreak of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) is no exception. The FMF is deeply concerned about the overly intrusive and restrictive measures the South African government, and other governments, have unleashed upon their populations.
“The economic impact of the so-called national lockdown will be dire, particularly for South Africa’s poor, ten million of whom were unemployed before the disaster began. The arbitrary designation and thus closure of many businesses deemed “non-essential” will for many years haunt the economy. The constitutional rights and civil liberties of all South Africans are on the line.”
 
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South Africa, Khaya Lam: Transformation through Ownership •••
KhayaLamlogo
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“Full title deeds through Bond Cancellation. Land Reform breakthrough by Remgro, Cederberg Municipality and FMF in Clanwilliam, Western Cape
“On 8 October 2020, in a landmark event for the FMF's Khaya Lam (My Home) Land Reform Project, Remgro Limited and the Cederberg Municipality, for the first time, presented 45 full title deeds to lawful property owners in Clanwilliam under the Bond Cancellation initiative. This is the first tranche of 150 full title deeds entirely funded by Remgro Limited. It is also the first physical presentation to take place since the COVID-19 National Disaster was declared and the original date had to be postponed. The ceremony was held at the Kathy Johnson Hall, Clanwilliam, in the North of the Western Cape.”
 
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October 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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Ten Imperatives of the Rule of Law: Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa ••• Rule of Law Project •••
 
The Rule of Law is a Founding Provision of South Africa’s Constitution but this potentially powerful brake on the executive branch of government has not been playing its proper deterring role. A likely reason for this is that most South Africans do not have an adequate understanding of the true meaning of the rule of law. 
The Rule of Law Project formulated the following 10 imperatives of the Rule of Law.
 
1. All law must be clear, predictable, accessible, not contradictory, and shall not have retrospective effect.
2 All legislation that makes provision for discretionary powers, must also incorporate the objective criteria by which those powers are to be exercised. The enabling legislation must, in addition, stipulate the purpose or purposes for which the powers may be exercised.
3 All law must apply the principle of equality before the law.
4 All law must be applied fairly, impartially, and without fear, favour or prejudice.
5 The sole legitimate authority for making substantive law rests with the legislature, which authority shall not be delegated to any other entity.
6 No law shall have the aim or the effect of circumventing the final authority of the courts.
7 No one may be deprived of or have their property expropriated, except if done with due process for the public interest, and in exchange for market-related, fair and just compensation.
8 The law shall afford adequate protection of classical individual rights.
9 All law must comply with the overriding principle of reasonableness, which comprehends rationality, proportionality, and effectiveness.
10 The legislature and organs of state shall observe due process in the rational exercise of their authority.
 
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Commstar Space Communications™ Announces Its Intention to Deploy Next-Generation Hybrid Data Relay Satellite between the Earth and the Moon by 2023 ••• ~thanks to Jim Bennett
 
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Diana Davis Spencer Foundation ••• recently visible as part of a freeorder network pattern
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The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation espouses the values upon which our nation was founded: freedom and individual responsibility. The mission of the foundation is to promote national security, entrepreneurship, self-reliance, free enterprise, and to enhance quality of life by supporting the arts, education, global understanding, health advancements, and preservation of the environment.
 
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freeorder is NOT a synonym for “spontaneous order”. If it were so there would be no need for the word. Thanks to many who have made me aware of this misunderstanding.
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freeorder is made of three essentials:
Designed order (intention)
Spontaneous order (self-assembly, autopoiesis)
Quest (individual and shared)
Above all, freeorder, is a balance that must be sought, endlessly. (Tao)
The quality of balance is judged by service to quest.
 
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Issues & Insights ••• real journalism, a project of the editors of Investors Business Daily
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About: “This site was started by the team that for decades had produced IBD Editorials at Investor’s Business Daily. Unlike other pundits and media celebrities, we do the hard work of reporting and researching stories before we offer our uncompromising viewpoints on them. We have years of experience covering a wide range of topics, and our goal is to use our accumulated wisdom to help our readers better understand the events shaping the country. We are unapologetically pro free market and for a limited federal government. And we firmly believe that reasoned, intelligent, sober, sophisticated debate, free of insults and pettiness and hatred, is still possible in the U.S.”
 
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Alumni and Donors Unite, latest statement of purpose:
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‘Alumni and Donors Unite brings awareness of the need for a return to the original purpose of a college education. We support education, not indoctrination, and are on a mission to restore free inquiry and individual empowerment to higher education by leveraging the substantial financial power and influence of alumni and other donors to counterbalance “overt threats to free-speech and diversity of thinking” and the cultural Marxism that is prevalent on college campuses. We open the eyes of donors—many of whom have little idea of the degree and depth of the corruption at their alma maters.  We connect alumni and other who care deeply about higher education, with their options to support those changes.’
 
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The design of governance for the United States demonstrates a principle of freeorder: Always consider the good returns to be gained by deliberate abstention from control of things that are within your power to control. In the case of USA, that limitation was implemented through federalism. An excellent article ••• by Hannah Cox ••• on this was just published by FEE •••
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“There’s Only One Way to Stop Polarization from Tearing America Apart: When another person’s vote has the ability to wield enormous power over your life and make sweeping changes in your community, that is going to lead to hostility.” —Hannah Cox
 
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Herodotus: breaking the bonds of rationality and unfreezing the river of imagination:
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“If an important decision is to be made, they [the Persians] discuss the question when they are drunk, and the following day the master of the house where the discussion was held submits their decision for reconsideration when they are sober. If they still approve it, it is adopted; if not, it is abandoned. Conversely, any decision they make when they are sober, is reconsidered afterwards when they are drunk.” -Herodotus, c. 484 – c. 425 BC
 
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Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition. Of nearly every other form of freedom —Judge Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, Palko v. Connecticut [1937]. Sent today from Future of Freedom Foundation •••
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Randal O’Toole’s Reforming the Forest Service, reviewed by Denis D. Fort in an Agricultural Law Research Article •••
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O’Toole’s work contributes to freeorder in many ways. -ls
 
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Tom Woods, on the costs of anti-virus lockdowns
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References for “The Fact-Free COVID Dystopia”
Click here for the article on lockdowns and COVID spread.
Click here for my free eBook Your Facebook Friends Are Wrong About the Lockdown.
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Great Barrington Declaration ••• As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.
 
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Let’s get the world drunk on visions of good, one small brandy distillery at a time, calling forth a massive salute of gratitude to winemakers of all kinds, times, and places. When sober we do the work. Thank you for every bit of it.
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Each integrating forge (∮forge) is such a distillery.
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Response from an anonymous friend:
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“Thank you, my friend, eloquently put. Our mighty God is at history's winepress, trampling out the grapes of his righteous and redeeming wrath. Is it grimly tiring to be there serving him? Yes, but I wouldn't miss it for the world.”
 
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September 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
Oliver Wendell Holmes The Chambered Nautilus
Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!
“Art is the creation of form symbolic of human feeling” —Susanne K. Langer, Feeling and Form, pg. 40, Scribner's, 1953
 
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freeorder —> Freeorder
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This asserts that pursuit of quest enhancing balances among designed and spontaneous orders, a pursuit iterated everylevel, everywhere, everytime, will progressively approach better states, as judged by explorers, defined as those who treasure and manifest curiosity, wonder, integrity, strength, and compassion.
 
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A freeorder strategy: “Complexity Scientist Beats Traffic Jams Through Adaptation”
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The computer scientist Carlos Gershenson of the National Autonomous University of Mexico likes to solve urban mobility problems like heavy traffic by applying complexity research and principles of self-organization. ••• published in Quanta Magazine •••
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“The problem may be that most engineers are taught traditional methods based on predicting what is to be controlled, and they try to improve on those methods. But for complex systems, prediction is almost hopeless. The moment you achieve optimality, the problem changes. The solution is obsolete already.” ~thanks to Dick Eshelman for the links
 
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The first capture on Wayback Machine of an Explorers Foundation page, 12 Feb 2003
 
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Jon Rappoport ••• Investigative Reporter, on the act of creation
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‘In fact, the deeper you explore the concept of freedom, the more you realize that creating something new, and creating that occurs outside a tight chain of prior cause and effect, are very much a part of what freedom means. Understanding these factors should be liberating.
There are several other phenomena that are closely related to “creating from nothing.” They are spontaneous insight and spontaneous invention. They occur in a flash, in the moment. They can’t be reduced to “logical implications in a chain of cause and effect.” They can’t be reduced at all.
‘And then there is this—I’ll refer to it through an experience I had in 1963, when I was living and painting in a small studio in Los Angeles. One night I was sitting at my table staring at a blank sheet of paper. I had a pencil in my hand. Suddenly, my mind was empty and crystalline. I knew in my bones, as clearly as I knew I was sitting there, that I had unlimited choices. There was no boundary on what I could draw. I was ecstatic. I made a shape on the paper. The immediate novelty of it was overwhelmingly joyous. I kept making shapes on the paper. The emerging drawing held, for me, the core of what I needed to know about life: every moment could be marvelously unhindered and free. I was always on the cusp of being able to choose a future; and being in that position, in the moment, was an experience of unrivaled beauty. Never again would I think of freedom in a dry clinical way.’ —https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/09/19/the-matrix-exit-when-the-individual-creates/
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The Act of Creation ••• Arthur Koestler, 1964 - a great book, an opening into freeorder - the link goes to a complete copy of the book on Wayback Machine ••• <archive.org
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Arthur Koestler ••• <wikipedia
 
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Sharyl Attkisson podcast: “The swine flu epidemic that was not as CDC advertised” ••• vSheridan
 
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An interesting business: how to own gold, lease it, and receive income in gold: Monetary Metals ••• company’s website.
 
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Randal O’Toole, interesting & knowledgeable writer, especially on transport, and forest care. “Time to Shut Down the DC Metro Rail” ••• O’Toole, 16 Sep 20.
 
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“Overturning COVID restrictions and states of emergency: Memo to lawyers: What are you waiting for? File big cases now” ••• by Jon Rappoport, September 16, 2020
 
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LBRY ••• “It's time to take back control from YouTube and Amazon. Top creators, self-respecting users, the privacy conscious, computer geeks, freedom lovers, loveable kooks, and readers of small gray text everywhere choose LBRY, because it's open, fair, and free.”
 
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YouTube Censors; LBRY ••• Preserves Access to interview with Dr. Scott Atlas
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“In late August, the Hoover Institution filmed an in-depth interview with Dr. Scott Atlas who serves as a top health advisor to the White House, more or less replacing Anthony Fauci in that role. 
“Atlas is an advocate for opening up the economy and allowing natural immunities to control the virus. In this, he has many colleagues in the public-health profession who agree with him, including many epidemiologists, virologists, immunologists, and medical doctors, all names frequently covered at AIER. This interview conducted by Hoover allows him to explain his views in depth. 
“Incredibly, YouTube has taken down the video interview of Scott Atlas for the usual vague reasons about community standards. 
“Alex Berenson is right: ‘As censorship goes, this is both terrifying and idiotic. Like him or hate him, Scott Atlas is ADVISING THE PRESIDENT ON COVID – no one gains when YouTube denies everyone the chance to hear what he thinks. People who oppose him should want to know even more.’ 
“Two aspects of this are fortunate. LBRY has retained a copy and that copy is embedded below. In addition, Hoover retains a complete transcript of the interview. 
“If this can happen to a world-class and highly credentialed expert like Atlas, it can happen to anyone. We need decentralized solutions like LBRY now, in the interest of openness, freedom, and truth.”
 
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Risk: “A Scientist’s Plea: The World is Not a Safe Space” ••• Roger W. Koops ••• AIER •••
 
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Ivor Cummins’ “Viral Issue Crucial Update Sept 8th: the Science, Logic and Data Explained!” ••• <YouTube data, facts, comprehensible charts and interpretation. Cummins hallenges the need for lockdowns. Habitual submission to ignorant authority is more dangerous than any virus.
 
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An article about someone in the tradition of freeorder who should not be forgotten: Thomas Hodgskin (1787-1869) ••• , a “critic of capitalism and defender of free trade and early trade unions. He is sometimes seen as a forerunner to Marx.” ~thanks to Michael J. Lotus
 
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“The Coming Coup?” ••• by Michael Anton ••• in “The American Mind”, a publication of the Claremont Institute ••• If this article plausibly describes a current possibility it is worth serious pre-emptive thought and action.
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When a large number of associated people begin acting like cornered rats it is worth asking why they are behaving that way. Perhaps they have something extremely important to lose. In that case there may be something the rest of us could do to reduce their (perhaps justified) fear. We might thereby find a way to avoid catastrophe consequent to their desperation.
 
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Charles Koch’s ‘An Open Letter Regarding Higher Education’ •••
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‘In 2005, a forward-thinking Ivy League professor envisioned a powerful antidote to the polarization that now afflicts our society. He created a program that allowed students to interact freely with a diversity of ideas.  It encouraged them to consider and evaluate alternate points of view—even if they didn’t ultimately find the ideas persuasive. The cornerstone of his project was a speaker series that featured prominent people with radically different ideas discussing challenging and divisive topics such as inequality and immigration. The professor’s mission was to make his university “worthy of students who arrive expecting a great adventure.” That was a great idea.’ -the complete letter •••
 
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Proton Mail ••• & Hong Kong
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“Proton stands with Hong Kong. On July 6, the Hong Kong government introduced rules that give law enforcement sweeping censorship and surveillance powers. The move was a grave blow to Hong Kong's freedom.
 
“As part of our mission to promote privacy and freedom for all, we will be giving 50% of our ProtonVPN revenue from Hong Kong during July and August to two local organizations: 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund and Stand With Hong Kong.”
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“Help us defend democracy and freedom in Hong Kong.” ••• -July 21st, 2020 by Andy Yen
 
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August 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
“Le microbe n’est rien, le terrain est tout.” (The microbe is nothing, the terrain is everything) —The last words of Louis Pasteur (Father of the “Germ Theory” of disease) •••
 
Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their message:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
 
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Audubon Conservation Ranching •••
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Parker Pastures ••• becomes Audubon certified as a conservation ranch •••
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Parker Pastures is a major provider for Pasture Provisions ••• ~thanks to Justin Longo
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Justin Longo interviews ••• Bill and Kelli of Parker Pastures.
 
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Monetary Metals ••• The New Way to Hold Gold ••• ~thanks to JD Bertron •••
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“Our Gold Fixed Income leases connect investors with the gold-producing businesses we mentioned earlier: mints, precious metals dealers, refiners, jewelers, and mining companies.
They happily pay a fee - in metal! - to lease your gold & silver, using it as inventory or work-in-progress.
 
“This unique financing solution eliminates their exposure to the volatility of the metals prices, which lowers their financing costs. It often enables them to extract working capital back out of their inventory so they can build out their business further.
“Meanwhile, you receive a steady interest income on your gold – paid in gold – without spending down any of your gold capital.”
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I’m interested in opinions about this company and its way of doing buiness. -ls
 
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Good article and discussion on Chicago Boyz ••• “The Rolling Kristalnacht” •••
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Posted by Sgt. Mom on August 19th, 2020 (All posts by Sgt. Mom)
‘The rolling Kristallnacht of “mostly peaceful” protests organized and sponsored by the unholy union of Antifa and BLM continues unabated in those mostly progressive Democrat party municipalities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, and New York. Give the protesters, rioters and looters credit for stamina; they’ve kept it up for nearly two months now, and look to be going strong, still.’
 
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altCensored.com: YouTube limits access to videos that are neither illegal, nor violate their own Terms and Conditions or Community Guidelines. ~thanks to Sharyl Attkisson
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"Limited state" videos are placed behind a warning message, cannot be shared, monetized or easily found, and have likes, comments, view counts and suggested videos disabled.
YouTube removes videos that violate their ever-changing and arbitrarily enforced Community Guidelines, while Creators increasingly "self-censor" trying to avoid channel strikes and terminations.
altCensored.com is an unbiased community catalog of 66178 limited state, removed, and self-censored YouTube videos across 6377 monitored channels, of which 1013 have been deleted and 2044 are being archived in case of deletion.
 
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Two facts about Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM) ~thanks to Marcy Ayanian
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"The Ludwig von Mises Library ••• (Spanish) has 100,000 visitors annually and is the most extensive collection of works on liberty in Latin America."
"The Henry Hazlitt Center co-ordinates the courses of Economic Process (I, II and III) and Social Philosophy (Hayek and the Austrian School) that are offered to all undergraduate students in all schools."
 
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FIRE ••• : “FIRE’s mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process, legal equality, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of liberty.”
 
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“The Fall of Tax-Funded Universities and Rise of Alternatives” ••• by Mark Frazier, who was and is the inspiration for Vortex Openworld vOpenworld
 
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“Walt Disney: Entrepreneur without Peer” ••• a new biographical essay by Gary Hoover of American Business History Center ••• written for and first published by Archbridge Institute •••
 
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Government, Big Business, Food, Health
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In the 1950s the U.S. Government, major medical and food providers, and the media, knowingly or not collaborated to convince the American people of something that was profitable but not true. Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig PhD’s article “The Oiling of America” ••• is good background for thinking about any government/media/business response to a big health issue. vMethuselah
 
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Opinion: Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk Covid-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis, by Dr. Harvey A Risch
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As published in Newsweek •••
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The original paper ••• at American Journal of Epidemiology •••
 
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“Together we’ve flattened the curve, now it’s time to flatten the fear. Doctors from around the country are saying it’s okay to get back to work and reopen America.” Flatten The Fear ••• a project of Job Creators Network Foundation •••
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Covid-19 Facts ••• from Flatten the Fear
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Nothing could be more dangerous than cultivating a submissive and helpless population. -ls
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The cost of perfect safety is ruinous; its pursuit is not safe. -ls
 
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Micro-businesses blunt the economic impact of COVID-19 ••• (GoDaddy’s Venture Forward project)
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Venture Forward •••
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“Venture Forward is a multi-year GoDaddy project looking at millions of microbusinesses, or ventures, across the U.S. and the economic impact they make on their communities and the nation. Our mission is to give a greater voice to these everyday entrepreneurs who help drive prosperity, reduce unemployment, and stay resilient in economic downturns by sharing our raw data and insights, in the spirit of making a more inclusive economy.”
 
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Olaudah Equiano - an inspiration
 
EquianoOlaudah
 
These two “Equiano Projects” are distinct.
Olaudah Equiano was the first political activist within Britain’s African community during the 18th century. https://equiano.uk
The Premiere Event of the Equiano Project:
Is it time to forge a new narrative about race?
 
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From FEE: “Atlanta– The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is pleased to announce that Zilvinas Silenas has been appointed to serve as the organization’s 11th president, succeeding Lawrence W. Reed this spring. Mr. Silenas brings to FEE over a decade of free-market think tank leadership, together with an energetic belief in the power of education in the principles of freedom to improve both the lives of individuals and the course of humanity worldwide.” •••
 
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Daniel Hannan ••• & John O’Sullivan ••• on Iain Murray’s ••• new book, The Socialist Temptation •••
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“Socialism does not come offering bread lines, secret police, or gulags. It sells itself as a decent and uplifting creed. It appeals to our belief in fairness, in kindness, in standing up for the little guy—even, sometimes, in patriotism. Iain Murray takes those claims seriously. Instead of using socialism as a swear word, as conservatives sometimes do, he properly analyzes its appeal. When a lot of people, even on the right, are falling for arguments that ought to have been discredited long ago, this is a vital task—especially so, perhaps, during the authoritarian spasm that has followed the coronavirus infections. Restoring freedom is going to be a grueling and arduous task. Here is the instruction manual.” —Daniel Hannan, former Member of the European Parliament and founding president of the Initiative for Free Trade •••
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“With the rise of belief in socialism among young people, we need a book about it that they’ll read. This is it. Iain Murray has written a masterpiece of concise evidence-based argument that demolishes socialism in every particular. It’s short. It’s highly readable. And it packs an intellectual punch.” —John O’Sullivan, president of the Danube Institute ••• and author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister ••• (Ashbrook)
 
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July 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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Three Gorges Dam, China
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“German-Chinese hydrologist Wang Weiluo told Radio France Internationale on Monday the dam could collapse at any moment. Wang pointed out that the dam’s design, construction, and quality inspection were all carried out by the same group of people and that the project was finished too quickly using substandard concrete.”
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Dreams, Engineering, Failure: books by Henry Petroski - the role of failure in successful design ••• ~glyph 415
 
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Fabien Cousteau plans the International Space Station of the Deep Sea ••• (Forbes)
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‘“Today there’s this misperception that all knowledge is known,” says Northeastern professor Brian Helmuth, a scientific collaborator on the project who credits Jacques Cousteau for inspiring his career in marine biology. “If you want to know something, you just have to look it up on the internet, going to Wikipedia. The idea that there is still so much that is unknown has been lost from the public consciousness. And that’s critical for rekindling the appetite for exploration.”’ —from the above article
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Unended Quest.com (entire book) the autobiography of Karl R. Popper
 
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Robert Gore, on freeorder (although not named by that word)
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“The order that will emerge in some places—if humanity survives—will be the order that flows from freedom: the order of free thought, free expression, free production, and free exchange. The order of people who respect individual rights—they’re own and everyone else’s—and will fight to the death to defend them. The order of those who seek neither to rule nor to be ruled. The order of those independent thinkers who hold reason, truth and reality paramount. The time for humanity to reach its shining potential was many millennia ago, but it’s never too late. Never underestimate the power of one, and never underestimate the power of ones—those who envision humanity’s glory and work together to achieve and defend it.” —“The Power of Ones” ••• on Gore’s Straight Line Logic •••
 
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Updated: Vortex Socrates : fearless inquiry •••
 
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Walter Williams’ Facebook page ••• offers insights into constraints impeding the emergence of freeorder, and teaches things good to understand if the intent is to dissolve those constraints.
 
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Daniel Hannan’s Foreword to How Market Environmentalism Can Protect Nature and Save the World ••• <— download the entire book without charge, edited by Christopher Barnard Kai Weiss.
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“Just as private ownership is good for the environment, so is sovereignty. Indeed, the desire to protect our green spaces is rooted, ultimately, in love of homeland. The clue is in the name: conservatives are natural conservationists. The environment, more than anything else, embodies Edmund Burke’s definition of society as a partnership between the living, the dead and the yet unborn.
“So why is it so often seen to be the other way around? Why is environmentalism thought to be owned by the Left? Why are environmental solutions almost always presented as depending on more bureaucracy, higher taxes, wealth redistribution, and a loss of national sovereignty?”
 
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“Prescribed Burns Benefit Bees” 🐝🐝🐝 ~thanks to Susan Schmidt, and Linx Selby
 
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The New Culture Forum ••• London
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“Culture, it is said, is upstream from politics. Certainly, we in the New Culture Forum believe that cultural issues are the defining ones of our time.
“More and more people are passionately engaged in these issues, but feel there is no outlet within an atmosphere which is dominated by the existence of a liberal/left groupthink. The triumph of cultural relativism and political correctness in the opinion-forming fields of the media, academia, education and culture has meant that this groupthink has become even more deeply entrenched. The liberal establishment sets the terms of debate.
“At a time of threat from extremism, the West finds itself besieged from within and without. Too often our enemies and our opinion formers appear to agree that Western culture is indefensible or a source purely of shame.
“We, however, believe that the West is in fact a unique bastion of reasoned freedom and that Britain in particular should be proud of the great role it has played in Western education, art and culture.”
 
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flattenthefear.com — a project of Job Creators Network •••
 
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Mises University ••• is in full session
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Jeff Diest, President: “Mises University is happening now! Not a watered-down online version, but a full-fledged Mises Institute live event. Students from around the country are on our beautiful campus and are devouring the lectures we offer.
“Our students are among the best and brightest. Their willingness to read serious books and engage in deep, difficult thought sets them apart from their peers. I am glad they are here this week! We're building relationships and connections that will last for decades.”
 
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The Great U-Turn: from decline to renewal
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We are beginning a transition from the decline of America 2.0 to the awakening of America 3.0.
'Whatever travails may beset us in the years ahead, we believe that an attempt to “double-down” on the Progressive vision will ultimately fail, if only because it cannot possibly be paid for. This failure may provoke the crisis that will complete the Great U-Turn. However contemporary events play out, we anticipate a new, third era in the history of the Republic, re-synthesized on the original vision and principles of the Founders.’ —Bennett & Lotus, America 3.0: rebooting American prosperity in the 21st century—why America’s greatest days are yet to come, pg. 185, in chapter 7, “The Great U-Turn”
If we succeed, history will say: the “woked,” at the end of 2.0, sought dominance, but in the dawn of 3.0 they were displaced by the newly awakened. (Among those newly awakened were many of the formerly “woked”.)
The change will move our culture from schooling to education, from being taught what to think, to learning how to think.
We will restore, invent, and build. We will criticize by creating.
 
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The destruction of money by continuous massive issue
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‘The covid-19 pandemic environment has pushed the Federal Reserve to print $2.9 trillion in new paper money in just 13 weeks, or about $22 million a minute, the analysts detailed. “By any measure, this is corruption of money on an industrial scale,” they exclaimed, predicting that investors will pour money into bitcoin and gold “as a safe haven when they lose confidence in paper money.”’ https://news.bitcoin.com/ferocious-rally-weiss-ratings-bullish-bitcoin-price-70k/ vMulligan
 
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Real Clear Markets ••• — articles, titles, url
 
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Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, on Donald Trump
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“Those who have not studied Sun Tzu’s The Art of War (孫子兵法) can never fully understand Trump and his way. … Trump’s understanding of (military) strategy is on the level of its original creator.” https://www.facebook.com/notes/yasuhiko-genku-kimura/trump-and-the-art-of-war/10157715288169856
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“Yasuhiko Genku Kimura is a philosopher, a Buddhist priest and scholar, and is now working as a consultant/advisor to corporate CEOs and their companies. His English publications include The Book of Balance, Think Kosmically Act Globally, and Think: The First Principle of Business Ethics.” I will add that I’ve known Yasuhiko for a long time, and can attest that he is a deeply intelligent man, whose reading is extensive. Whatever each of us may think of Trump the fact that GYK thinks of him this way is intriguing, and worth a bit of time to ask, “how could this be?” There are many surface indications that it could not be so, but then, they are surface.” -ls
 
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Leif Smith: What is to be done? a quiet, fast, revolution [glyph 619]
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Imagine a wheel. At the top, collectives — at the bottom, individuals. That wheel must be made to revolve. Why? For all who value exploration, curiosity, imagination, wonder, venture, challenge, integrity. There are many of us. We will turn the wheel. Here's how: We will tell stories of a new world, listen for adventures, share them, invest in the best of them, and from each we will draw power to turn the wheel. We will weave patterns of thought and action inspiring networks that change expectations. We will design for emergence, limit control, manifest strengths, live in freeorder. This is what is to be done.
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All action is driven by expectation.
 
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Jeffrey A. Tucker: “One of the most marvelous books I’ve read this year is Donald Henderson’s personal story of the eradication of smallpox. The book is Smallpox: The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer. It’s a brilliant and thrilling adventure story by a man who worked his entire life to make the world a better place. He was also the author (with others) of a mighty treatise against lockdowns that appears at AIER. He died in 2016, which is tragic because we could have used his wisdom in these crazy times.”
 
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Matt Taibbi: “Year Zero: On America's birthday, celebrating the corporate-sponsored revolution: It’s the Fourth of July, and revolution is in the air. Only in America would it look like this: an elite-sponsored Maoist revolt, couched as a Black liberation movement whose canonical texts are a corporate consultant’s white guilt self-help manual, and a New York Times series rewriting history to explain an election they called wrong.” —the first paragraph of a long article, available to subscribers of Taibbi’s Substack •••
 
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W. S. Churchill: “Civilization will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe.” https://slife.org/winston-churchill-quotes/ vGuardian
 
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June 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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Daniel Hannan ••• 13 June 2020: “Removing the statue of Cecil Rhodes would be cowardly and anti-intellectual. There is no point parading your moral superiority over Rhodes simply because he upheld the values of his age.”
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“In 1357, afflicted by plague and military disaster, the people of Siena demolished a statue of Venus. As Tom Holland explains in his wonderful history, Dominion, the Sienese were acting as earlier Christians had done, convinced that, by pulverising pagan carvings, they were exorcising demons. Iconoclasm – the destruction of graven images – has been a feature of many millenarian  movements down the ages. The latest cult to embrace it can be found gathered outside my old Oxford college, Oriel, howling at a little effigy of Cecil Rhodes.” … “
 
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“How disbanding police can lead to less crime and less conflict ••• Joe Jarvis, June 14, 2020 for The Daily Bell •••
 
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Deterioration of journalism: “The American Press Is Destroying Itself” ••• Matt Taibbi, former contributing editor for Rolling Stone
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How is is now: “It’s been learned in these episodes [recent] we may freely misreport reality, so long as the political goal is righteous.”
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How it was then: “The ideal … was that we showed you everything we could see, good and bad, ugly and not, trusting that a better-informed public would make better decisions. This vision of media stressed accuracy, truth, and trust in the reader’s judgment as the routes to positive social change.”
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And once upon a time in the Soviet Union, Lenin stated explicitly in a speech published in Pravda in 1920: “We say: morality is what serves to destroy the old exploiting society and to unite all the working people around the proletariat, which is building up a new, communist society.” —from “May Day: The Conspiracy of Silence Around the Romance of Evil” ••• by Michael Strong
 
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The use of Ozone Therapy against Coronavirus: “A Plausible "Penny" Costing Effective Treatment for Corona Virus - Ozone Therapy” ••• by Robert Jay Rowen, MD and Howard Robins, DPM
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“Ozone and oxidation therapies as a solution to the emerging crisis in infectious disease management: a review of current knowledge and experience” ••• Robert Jay Rowen,
Private Medical Practice, Santa Rosa, CA. This paper includes an account of Dr. Rowen’s use of Ozone Therapy during the West African Ebola epidemic, upon invitation of Sierra Leone’s president.
 
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Is it possible that this letter may be the equivalent of Emile Zola’s devastating article on the injustice of the persecution of Dreyfus?
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Anonymous letter from a Berkeley professor to anonymous colleagues •••
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Zola and Dreyfus
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‘On January 13, 1898, the most famous front page in the history of journalism appeared in a French paper beneath a one-word headline: “J’accuse!” (I accuse!). In the 4,000-word open letter that ran beneath it, France’s leading novelist, Emile Zola, accused the French government of having orchestrated a travesty of justice four years before, in which an innocent Jewish captain in the French army, Alfred Dreyfus, was convicted of treason and sentenced to solitary confinement for life on Devil's Island – a hellish penal colony off the coast of South America. Zola’s letter exploded with the force of a bomb, causing French society to split in two: …’ —from https://www.shapell.org/manuscript/emile-zola-dreyfus-affair
 
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Free the People is proud to bring you How to Love Your Enemy: A Restorative Justice Story.
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‘A city in Colorado tries a different kind of justice system, powerful enough to transform a broken system of mass incarceration in the United States. Instead of locking up non-violent offenders, these advocates focus on the challenging but rewarding process of individual responsibility, forgiveness, and redemption that radically shifts our idea of justice and our part in it.
‘This Free the People original documentary film was the winner of Best Feature and Best Director at Front Range Film Festival and has been selected at numerous other film festivals across the country, now postponed due to COVID-19. Free the People is releasing the full film ahead of schedule to join the conversation happening right now about police violence and racial disparities in our justice system in the United States. "How To Love Your Enemy" is an emotionally compelling story about real people working to make things right, and a tutorial for other communities looking to restore faith in their justice systems and law enforcement.’
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Restorative Justice ••• Longmont, Colorado
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“Longmont police have found they can impact offenders without charging and arresting them for their crimes. The city’s restorative justice program, run by the Longmont Community Justice Partnership ••• has become known nationally for its unique model and close ties to the city’s law enforcement.” ~thanks to Steve Elliott - from “Threads” June 2019
 
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“Brexit and the Power of Optimism” ••• Daniel Hannan, Cato’s Letter, Winter 2017
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“I went to the European Parliament urging the abolition of the place, which is a tough sell.) They used to mock Cato and mimic his voice, and every time he stood up they would groan. But you know what—in the end, they did it [Romans destroyed Carthage]. And it was the same with our referendum about leaving the European Union. You can achieve the most extraordinary things if you have a better song to sing. And that’s really the message that I want to share with you tonight—about how you win as optimists.”
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Hannan has a better understanding of freeorder than any politician I’ve encountered. -ls
 
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Government restrictions on speech about healing must stop - a message from the Alliance for Natural Healing: “see you in court” •••
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The FDA, FTC, and other agencies are gagging MDs and other practitioners with a slew of warning letters, preventing them from advising their patients and the public on how to stay healthy during the pandemic.
One warning letter was sent to a nutritionist who talked about the results of a recent study showing that the severity of coronavirus patient outcomes was tied to the patient's vitamin D status. The post concluded, "The bottom line? In order to give yourself the best defense against the coronavirus, begin with optimizing your vitamin D status to at least 30 ng/ml starting today." 30 ng/ml is just the minimum safe level of vitamin D on standard tests used by almost all doctors. But this nutritionist could face fines or even jail for sharing this basic information.
We have a simple message for these federal agencies: We’ll see you in court. Will you stand with us and support our petition and our legal efforts?
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My wife, Pat, worked in a health food store years ago and witnessed government officials remove all the folic acid from the shelves because the label said it would help prevent birth defects.
 
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BBEdit 13.0 (for MacOS) now allows exploration of “grep” patterns! This just must have something to do with freeorder - I’m working on it :-)
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